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.
My research focuses on expertise, organizations, and inequality. I study how organizations can use or misuse expert judgment, particularly in evaluating new ideas or projects. Drawing on sociology of knowledge, social psychology, and network analysis, I identify how seemingly meritocratic evaluation procedures can combine with experts’ social positions to bias evaluations toward particular ideas or individuals. The goals are not only to reveal how expert judgment can reproduce social inequalities or undermine organizational effectiveness, but to identify and test how strategic organizational design can counteract bias and improve organizational outcomes.
Methodologically, I specialize in computational analysis of textual and administrative 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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