I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. My research includes topics in the sociology of culture, sociogenomics, sociology of health, computational methods, and social networks. In a first line of research, I study the ways in which genes and social environments interact and the conditions under which they jointly produce social outcomes, from health to educational inequality. In a second line of research, I study cultural dynamics: detecting heterogeneity in meaning and contextualizing that meaning in the broader social fabric. I have made use of, and developed, a number of methods for formalizing the measurement of culture and for identifying groups of individuals who share similar understandings of issue domains.
My dissertation research links these two lines of research by exploring the interplay between biology and culture, and the social contexts which shape their interaction. Substantively, the dissertation examines how the institutional contexts of schools, the genetic proclivities of their students, and social networks interact in the adoption of risky behaviors by U.S. high school students.