I study knowledge. I'm interested in public depictions of expert knowledge and the political organization of technical authority. My dissertation examines trends in the social aesthetics of modern American professionalism. I work primarily with archival data, which I analyze using a range of methods (statistical, historical, computational, interpretive).
In prior work, I've developed a historical sociology of educational expansion (with Mitchell Stevens) and assessed the predictability of life outcomes in longitudinal social survey data (with Matt Salganik, Ian Lundberg, Sara McLanahan, and more than 100 collaborators).
I am also interested in developing better tools for measurement and data preparation in the social sciences. I have led and contributed to collaborative projects on team-based coding software for forum data, variable selection in longitudinal data systems, and reporting guidelines for multi-analyst studies.
I'm currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University, advised by Brandon Stewart.