Visiting the New Museum in NYC.
I am a sociologist and consultant. Primarily, I research how people become affectively and sensually invested in institutions and how objects 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). I am currently a Visiting Scholar at Tulane University. I previously held the positions of Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queen's University in Canada and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California.
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.