Welcome to my website! I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the department of sociology at Princeton University. I hold a B.A. and M.A. in East Asian Studies, both from Harvard University.
My research interests include the sociology of media and information, contemporary China, computational sociology, and the history of social thought.
My dissertation project investigates the scale and effects of news media control in China. In collaboration with Molly Roberts, Brandon Stewart, Yin Yuan, we draw on seven years of newspaper data to identify instances of government-led coordination of news media in mainland China. In my dissertation I draw on social media and online news data to examine the impact of these instances of coordination on the structure of online discourse and the diffusion of political information. This project contributes to research on media and public opinion in China.
In the course of my graduate studies I have also developed projects in the sociology of perception and the history of social thought. I have written about pragmatism and the practice of social science as well as the history of "mobility" ideas in the Anglo-American social sciences. The latter paper was awarded the graduate student paper award of the ASA History of Sociology section. In a paper titled "Decline of the Sociological Imagination? Social Change and Perceptions of Economic Polarization in the United States, 1966-2009," Adam Goldstein and I draw on forty years of public opinion data to explain the curious inverse relationship between historical trends in economic inequality and popular perceptions of the phenomena. All drafts available upon request.
I am deeply committed to undergraduate education, having served as a co-instructor in the Prison Teaching Intiative at Princeton for four years and as a preceptor in the sociology department for courses on statistics, social theory, the sociology of China, and economic sociology.
For more information, please see my cv.