I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the department of sociology at Princeton University. My research interests include inequality and stratification, the sociology of knowledge and ideas, and economic sociology. For the 2018-2019 academic year I am a graduate prize fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

My dissertation project examines the history of the ideas, measures, and justifications for the study of social mobility in the US and Britain. I employ a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, including network analysis to identify citation communities and archival research on key historical figures and institutions. I have also written about pragmatism and the practice of social science (draft available on request) and am pursuing collaborative projects on propaganda in mainland China (with Brandon Stewart and Molly Roberts) and popular perceptions of inequality (with Adam Goldstein).

I am deeply committed to undergraduate education, having served as a co-instructor in the Prison Teaching Intiative at Princeton for the past four years and as a preceptor in the sociology department for courses on statistics, social theory, the sociology of China, and economic sociology. 

I hold a B.A. and M.A. in East Asian Studies, both from Harvard University.

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