Visiting the New Museum in NYC.
I am a sociologist and research consultant. Primarily, I research how people become affectively and sensually invested in institutions and how objects/UX mediate that social process. To date, my research focuses on this central issue in the context of precarious, often exploitative work in both "Legacy" and platform-dependent media production - respectively, popular music and YouTube content.
I hold a PhD in Sociology from UCLA (2017) and an MA from the University of Chicago (2010).
Prior to my life as a social scientist, I spent the first few decades of my life fundraising for anti-racist and anti-war organizations while also co-running and volunteering at The Mr. Roboto Project - one of the longest running anti-racist, anti-sexist, and LGBTQ+ allied music venues in the United States. I bring these commitments with me into my research and teaching by highlighting processes that produce and mediate inequality.