A.M., Sociology, University of Chicago
B.A., Sociology, Columbia University
I study culture, organizations, knowledge, and technology using both qualitative and quantitative/computational methods. My dissertation explores the social consequences of adopting scientific knowledge in traditionally "nonscientific" fields, through a comparative examination of modernist cuisine and mathematical finance. Some themes I am particularly interested in include the relationship between technology and creativity, how locally and globally connected actors coordinate to produce and diffuse knowledge, and how new ties between previously unrelated fields affect preexisting structures and practices.
Hydrocolloids and Grassroots: Information exchange and social structure in modernist cuisine