Preceptor, Masters of Computational Social Science
Doctoral Candidate
(2014)

Phone: 231-667-7017

M.A., Sociology, University of Chicago

B.A. summa cum laude, New York University

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Joshua is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. He holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from New York University, received his A.M. from the University of Chicago, worked as a summer fellow at Data Science for Social Good, and serves as a preceptor in the Masters of Computational Social Science program. Joshua’s general interests intersect at the boundaries of political sociology, organizations, and economic sociology, which he explores using computational and statistical methods. For his dissertation, Joshua considers how political partisanship acts as a structuring mechanism in corporate organizational forms, strategy, and political behavior. First, he assesses how individual political identification shapes career trajectories of elites including entry into elite professions and the replacement of corporate board vacancies. Second, he explores how partisan polarization both within and across firms affects corporate interlocks networks and the political behavior of corporate board members, particularly their campaign finance contributions in federal election campaigns. Lastly, he evaluates two perspectives of political discourse in relation to political and corporate response. The first perspective elucidates the impact of Occupy Wall Street in altering political and media discourse on inequality, the results of which are published in Social Science Research. The second perspective explores how shifts in political discourse, particularly by President Obama, affected donations by corporate executives in his 2012 reelection campaign. In the exploration of these topics, Joshua applies a variety of computational and statistical methods, such as natural language processing, web-scraping, machine learning, and time-series models using Python, R, and SQL. Further information about Joshua and his latest work can be found on his website.

Selected Publications:

Mausolf, Joshua Gary “Occupy the Government: Analyzing Presidential and Congressional Discursive Response to Movement Repression.” Social Science Research 67:91-114.