Alex Kindel

PhD Candidate
Deparment of Sociology
Princeton University

127 Wallace Hall
Princeton, NJ 08540

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I am a doctoral candidate 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 am also interested in building and improving research infrastructure in the social sciences. In past and ongoing work, I have built software tools to support collaborative data collection, preparation, and analysis.

My research is generously supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and has been featured by NPR.


In my dissertation, "The Methodological Imagination", I am investigating the development of methodology in the human sciences. Since the mid-20th century, methodology has become a specialized professional role, a form of abstract knowledge relating to applied problems, and a set of statistical analysis tools implemented in software. My first chapters investigate the roots of two methodological frameworks — quasiexperimental research design and theories of measurement validity — and emphasizes the widespread consumption of methods textbooks across an expanding US higher education ecology. In later chapters, I use large-scale computational analyses of social science replication code to understand how quantitative researchers produce statistical knowledge.

Works in progress