I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Studies at Harvard University. I obtained my Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University in May 2017. Between 2017 and 2019, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute at Brown University.
My research is driven by some simple questions. Why do some people flourish while others suffer? And what explains why, in some places but not others, movements or policies emerge to challenge or moderate this inequality?
In one set of papers, I explore when and why ordinary individuals manage to coordinate collective action, and how well these patterns explain the forward march of democracy. In other work, I study the origins and consequences of American mass incarceration.
Most of my work uses computational and quantitative methods, which I have taught at the graduate level. That said, I retain a keen interest in the comparative historical method, and in qualitative social science more generally.