I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and I also hold an M.S. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as well a B.S. in General Biology and a B.A. in the Study of Religion from the University of California, San Diego.
My research draws on economic sociology, the sociology of knowledge, and social network analysis to examine processes of cultural and economic change across a variety of cases. So far I’ve written about the financialization of higher education, the origins of the U.S. magazine industry, and the co-evolution of social networks and shared meanings among members of urban communes. My current research centers on the emergence of new scientific fields and new financial markets.