I am an assistant professor in the department of sociology at Boston University From 2013 - 2015, I served as assistant professor in the department of sociology and school of communication at The Ohio State University. My primary research interests lie in culture and stratification using a social networks perspective. Much of my work also focuses on investigating the link between micromechanisms and macro outcomes. I primarily use statistical techniques and mathematical modeling in my research. Particularly, I have expertise in Exponential Random Graph Models (ERGM) - a cutting edge statistical technique for modeling networks - as well as other advanced techniques such as multilevel models (HLM). My most recent CV can be found here.

My research is largely framed by a multiple-networks perspective - an examination of the multiple types of ties connecting actors as well as their memberships in diverse groups. This approach makes for a richer network analysis that is useful for exploring questions related to cultural and structural emergence, micro-macro linkages, and relational meaning. Using these techniques and perspectives, my research primarily spans three themes: (1) the structural traces and experience of ambiguity in emergent situations; (2) the structural and cultural implications of inequality; and (3) the association between relational meaning and network structure. I am currently working on several new projects including but not limited to (1) the diffusion of fuel conservation practices over social networks in the United States Air Force; (2) the structure of the academic job market as it varies by academic rank and gender; (3) the emergence of heterogeneous small worlds through the intersection of homogeneous social circles; (4) the diffusion and legitimization of novel sharing economies such as Airbnb and Uber; and (5) the relationship between structural location and tie-meaning in cognitive social networks.

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