Sociology

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at UC Berkeley. Previously, I completed a M.Sc. in Human Rights/Sociology at the London School of Economics and a B.A. in History (with a minor in political theory) at Harvard.

My work largely emerges from the intersection of political sociology, social movement studies, and the sociology of science/knowledge. I am currently working on two research projects: The first seeks to provide a more robust empirical foundation and conceptual framework for understanding horizontally organized social movements. Instead of asserting their relative homogeneity or tendency to devolve into oligarchic organizations, I seek to understand how diverse sets of actors negotiate authority, formulate shared ideas, and perpetuate decentralized organizational structures in time and space. My research relies on computational and qualitative network analysis as well as on the analysis of text documents.

My second research project focuses on the genesis of the public/private boundary in the United States. It focuses on the period between 1870 and 1910 to understand why and how this boundary emerged in the political space as a “great dichotomy” of modern society (Noberto Bobbio) that was intimately intertwined with the practices of statecraft and the re-ordering of American society after the civil war and during successive waves of immigration.

I am also the co-editor of the Berkeley Journal of Sociology.