I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University, where I work on projects applying quantitative and computational 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.
My dissertation explores 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. This research has been supported by the National Science Foundation's Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.
My other projects analyze historical drivers of political and economic inequalities, including an investigation of changing attitudes towards gender roles in the labor market and the efficacy of antidiscrimnation law for corporate behavior
I am a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. My research has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Socius and Criminology and Public Policy.
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