I am a doctoral candidate in the sociology department at the University of Chicago. My research lies at the intersection of culture and politics and explores how political ideas link together to form belief systems and ideologies. I use a wide array of methods including computational text analysis, survey research, and qualitative in-depth interview analysis. My prior work has been published in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Social Science Research. I am on the job market for the 2021-22 year.
My dissertation comprises three studies on the systematization of American political attitudes. These studies investigate how longstanding cultural divisions map onto current political divides, how liberals and conservatives view the relations between political objects, and how people apply modes of thought from morality and religious life to make sense of politics. The dissertation committee is co-chaired by John Levi Martin and James Evans and was awarded the 2020 Outstanding Dissertation in Progress Award by the American Sociological Association’s Mathematical Sociology Section.
I have also done research on how word embedding models can be used for cultural analysis, how changing political coalitions drove the polarization over science, and how ideology is linked to overconfidence among elite economists. More about my research can by found on this page.
Before coming to Chicago, I earned my bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of Michigan, where I worked as a research assistant with the Chitwan Family Study and studied the effects of farm mechanization in Nepal.