I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory for Innovation Science, a joint venture between Harvard's Business, Medical, and Engineering schools and headed by Karim Lakhani. I received my PhD in Sociology at the University of Chicago, where I worked with James Evans to apply new computational social science techniques to study the evaluation and diffusion of scientific knowledge.
I am a computational and experimental sociologist focusing on evaluation processes in organizations and communities, and how these processes affect organizational effectiveness and social inequality. In the primary research stream I investigate how organizations can use or misuse expert judgment to evaluate ideas and individuals. Drawing on sociology of knowledge, network analysis, and social psychology, I identify how seemingly meritocratic evaluation procedures can combine with experts’ social positions to bias evaluations toward particular intellectual or social groups. My goals are not only to understand how the method of evaluation promotes particular winners and losers, but to identify and test how strategic organizational design can minimize bias and improve organizational outcomes.
Methodologically, I specialize in computational analysis of textual and interactional data, highly targeted surveys, and field experiments. I apply these tools to data and field settings provided by partners like Harvard Medical School, Elsevier, Public Library of Science, and Wikipedia. My research appears in journals including Research Policy, Sociological Science, and Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and has been covered by MIT Technology Review and the Washington Post.
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