About

I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. I received my PhD from Princeton’s Department of Sociology in January 2015, and was a 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. I previously taught in Bryn Mawr College’s Growth and Structure of Cities Department.

I study how culture shapes global inequality. I’ve examined these processes in globalized travel, World Heritage sites, ships, and legally plural, foreign-controlled places I call “global borderlands.” I’ve also written on qualitative methodologies.

My book, Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence, and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines, is forthcoming (summer 2019) from Stanford University Press. My work has also been published in Social ForcesEthnographyTheory and Society, City & Community, Poetics, and International Journal of Comparative Sociology, among other outlets. I’ve also written for the Monkey Cage at the Washington Post, and Inside Higher Ed. I have received fellowships from the Institute of International Education (2006-2007 Fulbright Scholar to the Philippines), the National Science Foundation (2009-2012 Graduate Research Fellowship), and the American Sociological Association (2014 cohort, Minority Fellowship Program), and grants from the American Sociological Foundation and National Science Foundation (ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline), and UCR’s Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty (Faculty Research Seed Grant), among others

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