Doctoral Candidate

MA, Sociology, University of Chicago
BA, Sociology, University of Chicago

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Research Interests: Social networks, culture, education, quantitative methodology/mathematical sociology.

My research focuses on interpersonal social networks and their relation to cultural and psychological dimensions of group life. I am particularly interested in the mechanisms underlying social cohesion in complex organizations and how the emergence and dynamics of status hierarchies vary across different environments. Using nationally representative data on American adolescents, my dissertation examines how students relate to their immediate peer group and the broader student community as bases for social comparison and approval as well as how the organizational features of schools may moderate these processes. My methodological work develops techniques for analyzing relational data such as models for latent dyadic traits in multiple social networks and algebraic representations of sequence data. Other projects have looked at political ideology and interpersonal perception in small groups.