I am a graduate student in sociology at the University of Chicago and a freelance journalist.
I study contemporary American culture and politics. In sociological parlance, my interests include political sociology, urban sociology, social change, culture, knowledge, media, quantitative methods, and computational methods.
My largest current project involves applying computational methods to the study of American political institutions.
From 2011 to 2013, I was managing editor of the news site techPresident. I began my career at local newspapers in New York and New Jersey. I have also reported the news for Yahoo News, Vice, and City Limits, among others.
Over the course of my journalism career, I have covered local politics, national politics, and technology. As techPresident’s managing editor I had the privilege of editing, assigning stories and handling day-to-day operations for a staff of eight writers based in New York and San Francisco as well as a network of freelancers spanning five continents. I also helped to organize and occasionally moderate panels at Personal Democracy Forum, an annual conference.
I graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in metropolitan studies, with high honors, and journalism and mass communication.
I am in the University of Chicago’s Ph.D program in sociology and expect to receive an M.A. in sociology in spring 2015.
I now live in Hyde Park on Chicago’s South Side. Originally from Santa Rosa, Calif., I spent several years bouncing from neighborhood to neighborhood in New York City and Jersey City during my journalism career.