I am a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Harvard University. I received both my undergraduate and Master's degrees at the University of Toronto in Canada. My dissertation is a comparative study of veganism as cultural practice in the US, France, and Israel. My broader research interests center on culture, social movements, entrepreneurship, and comparative sociology. I am a Graduate Student Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, an affiliate of the Center for European Studies, and sit on the Council for Student Sustainability Leaders at the Office for Sustainability. I am also the President of the Harvard Vegan Society, Program Director of the iV League Vegan Conference, and founder of the community advocacy group Boston Plant-Based Millennials. For more on my dissertation, see this Weatherhead Epicenter Feature: "Veganism: An Elegant Solution to a Host of Global Problems?".
I am a co-author with Professor Lorne Tepperman of Habits of Inequality, published by Oxford University Press in 2013. The book analyzes the patterned nature of macrosociological processes of inequality across nations and their societal consequences. Currently, I am working on three projects: my dissertation on veganism, a paper about how elites manage their status impressions using the New York Times Wedding Section as a case study, and another paper about men's sexual culture and how they "check out" women in public places in Malawi.
I was born in Moldova, a tiny Eastern European nation formerly part of a country that no longer exists (Soviet Union). Immigrating to Canada at seven years of age, I grew up in Toronto. I speak both Russian and French.