[ About Me ]

I'm a PhD Candidate in sociology at the University of Michigan. My research interests lie primarily at the intersections of: sociology of knowledge; comparative research methods (qualitative, statistical, and computational/data science); and gender and sexuality. My research has been published and presented in a number of venues, including university journals and international conferences. Some of my work and writing also appears in public media.


[ Current Projects ]

My dissertation work explores the dynamics of debates among life scientists about the nature of human sex and gender. Specifically, I explore how various positions gain and lose influence in the scientific community over time and the roles that social dynamics, data, and ideology play in that change. Data sources for my dissertation include the Web of Science, JStor, scientific publications, author CVs, the Open Syllabus Project, and library use logs.

I also study right-wing gay political organizations. While gay people and issues are over-represented in left politics, gay participation in the right is an old and growing phenomenon. Through qualitative analysis of 39 gay, right wing social movement organizations, I demonstrate alternative ways identity and politics can be co-constructed. Such organizations face an unusual and particularly difficult framing challenge: they must explain why and how they combine two positions, conservative and gay, that are generally understood to be at odds.

I am involved with numerous smaller projects that fit under the umbrella of Computational Social Science. Some are research-focused, like a collaborative project to evaluate the accuracy and gender bias of labels returned by Google's Vision API. Others center on curriculum or infrastructure development for computational social science.