I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University, where I work on projects applying quantitative methods to questions of historical and cultural change. My primary research interest concerns the evolution of attitudes towards the market and the development of organizational market actors. I am also broadly interested in political sociology, law and regulation, markets and moral classification, and computational analysis.
In my dissertation, I examine the origins and changing meanings of the metaphor of “corporate personhood.” Taking a cultural lens, I examine the moral personification of the corporation – both in law and in the public sphere – during the Second Industrial Revolution. I use a combination of computational text analysis and archival research to trace how and why the corporation ceased to be a “creature of the state” and instead became increasingly personified as a unified and legitimate private market actor.
My other projects include an analysis of how labor market considerations affect gender attitudes and the efficacy of antidiscrimination law for corporate behavior.
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