Hi there! I am Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I mainly study topics related to the social studies of finance (SSF), economic sociology, and STS. My work is both theoretical and empirical, utilizing a range of quantitative and qualitative methods.
My current research revolves around two main projects:
- One area of research involves algorithms in society and the practical reasoning that occurs with human-algorithm interactions, including the socio-technological assemblages that are formed. I am interested in how algorithms influence and reconfigure social action, how they create and destroy knowledge, how they discipline individuals, and how they are able to construct and enact Weberian ideal types, among others. My field sites cover a wide range, from Wall Street to rural agriculture. I am particularly interested in how financial technologies reify abstract economic models and construct ‘rational’ outcomes on behalf of their users. These include case studies looking at roboadvisors and blockchains like Bitcoin.
- I also work on sociological approaches to behavioral economics. This work takes a relational-work economic sociology approach (Zelizer 1997; 2012) that seeks to extend theories of economic action that extend the reach beyond psycho-cognitive explanations as well as from macro-structural theories such as embeddedness or networks/social capital approaches. My collaborators and I call this work relational finance. I am also interested in how other sociological perspectives, such as Bourdieu’s dispositional framework (field+habitus), can help us understand variations in economic action and synthesis between culture and cognition in the economic context. Sometimes this work overlaps with the work on algorithms, for instance in the case of roboadvisors that embed behavioral economics-informed nudges into their platforms.
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