I am a PhD Candidate in the joint program in sociology and management and organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. My primary research interests span the domains of organizational theory, business and society, non-market strategy, social networks, and inequality.
My research is broadly driven by a desire to understand the interrelationship between business and social problems, with a focus on inequality. I investigate how businesses help resolve, or claim to help resolve, social problems via their philanthropy and organizational values. I also have a secondary stream of research that concerns social networks and inequality within and outside of organizations. I take a multi-method and multi-level approach in addressing these topics, using large archival data sets, in-depth qualitative interviews, and experiments. A distinctive strength of my scholarship is the rich set of original and difficult-to-obtain data sources that I draw from, allowing me to draw unique conclusions. See my research page for information on on-going projects.
Before entering graduate school, I was an AmeriCorps member in Boulder, CO and the executive director of the I Have A Dream Foundation of Newark, NJ. I hold a BA degree in sociology and a math minor from the University of Michigan. I was born and raised in Ypsilanti, MI where I developed Midwestern pride and an allegiance to Detroit sports.