I am a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University.
My research focuses on the formal organization of knowledge.
I study techniques that people use to make knowledge and institutions that produce knowledgeable people.
I use a mix of computational, statistical, and historical methods in my research.
I am also interested in improving the data/tooling ecosystem of the social sciences.
In past and ongoing work, I have built software tools to support collaborative data collection, preparation, and analysis in the social sciences.
My research is generously supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and has been featured by NPR.
- I developed a dataset describing coding practices in economics research. My second-year paper combines these data with automated text analysis methods to empirically describe data analysis in economics research.
- With Herrissa Lamothe, I am investigating the role of typesetting software in academic science.
- I have been working for several months with a big team of researchers at Princeton's Center for Research on Child Wellbeing to design a new metadata system for the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a longitudinal birth cohort study widely used to support research in demography and sociology.
- I am investigating (with Mitchell Stevens) the political history of engineering education in the Cold War US. Our manuscript on this work is available on SocArXiv.
- Brandon Stewart and I are working on scaling kernel methods for applications in the social sciences.
- I recieved a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
- The Fragile Families Challenge was featured on Invisibilia, an NPR program.
- I redesigned the website for the Social Science History Association.
- I was a co-preceptor with Shay O'Brien for SOC 500, the first course in our department's two-semester applied statistics sequence, taught by Matt Salganik.
- An article about the Fragile Families Challenge was featured on the Princeton University homepage.
- With Matt Salganik, Ian Lundberg, and Sara McLanahan, I co-organized the Fragile Families Challenge, a scientific mass-colllaboration involving hundreds of researchers.
- I worked with Michael Yeomans, Justin Reich, Brandon Stewart, and Dustin Tingley using Discourse to construct measures of political polarization in online courses. A paper describing our work is forthcoming in the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education.
- My software Discourse, a tool for collaborative tagging of discussion forum data, was demoed at MIT Media Lab for ACM Learning@Scale 2017.
- I presented my paper with Mitchell Stevens on the political history of engineering education in Cold War America at SSHA 2016 in Chicago, IL.
- I started graduate school in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University.
- Between September 2014 and July 2016 I worked with Mitchell Stevens and Andreas Paepcke at the Center for Advanced Research through Online Learning (CAROL) at Stanford University. At CAROL, I built data systems for research on online courses.
- I graduated from Stanford University in June 2014 with a B.S. from the Symbolic Systems Program.