I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology in 2017 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I was an Associate Editor of Social Forces. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
My research interests include inequality, stratification, and economic and organizational sociology. Specifically, my research seeks to understand the interplay between micro-level and structural mechanisms underlying social inequalities, and organizational emergence and change. To this end, I draw on large-scale survey data and use various statistical methodologies.
In a paper published in Sociological Forum (2018), I examine the structural mechanisms underlying national income inequality across 23 advanced industrial societies. In another paper forthcoming in Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal, I investigate the cultural sources of social exclusion and inclusion across 44 industrial societies. In my dissertation, I examine the extent to which macro-level social inequalities, such as gender status hierarchy and economic inequality, shape entrepreneurship opportunities and gender-unequal entrepreneurship outcomes. My dissertation also investigates the extent to which a society’s stratification structure and development stage shape the importance of individual attributes for entrepreneurial development and success. In a more recent project, I draw on social constructionist views of organization to propose a theoretical framework for understanding sources of organizational change that accounts for multiple embeddedness of organizations in their immediate communities, and the national and global cultural environments.
My research has been the recipient of several awards. In 2015 my sole-authored paper “Income Inequality, Globalization and the Welfare State: Evidence from 23 Industrial Countries, 1990-2009” won first place in Alpha Kappa Delta’s Graduate Student Paper Competition. My paper “Exclusive Religious Beliefs and Social Capital: Unpacking Nuances in the Relationship between Religion and Social Capital Formation,” also sole-authored, was the recipient of the 2017 Katherine Jocher Graduate Student Paper Competition in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This paper was also the first-place winner of the 2017 Association of Black Sociologists Graduate Student Paper Competition.
When I am not working, I enjoy cooking, playing soccer, dancing, and hanging out with family and friends.