Link to CV.
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. I specialize in poverty governance, medicine, punishment, labor, and urban sociology.
My research focuses on how a fragmented American state manages social marginality and I am especially interested in the lived experiences of both governed and governing actors. In my dissertation, I use ethnographic and statistical methods to reimagine the ambulance as an institution that regulates the urban poor. This study motivates what I call the “labor theory of poverty governance,” a framework I detail in American Sociological Review (2017). Additional analyses from my dissertation can be found in a recent publication in Prehospital Emergency Care (2017). I have also examined the carceral experience of soon-to-be released prisoners (Punishment and Society, 2016) and I am currently researching the ways parole supervision might function like workfare.
This summer I am teaching Sociology of Crime and Punishment. I am also co-teaching a workshop at the Center for Ethnographic Research. In the past, I have taught Sociology of Health and Medicine and a workshop for incoming transfer students. I have also worked as a teaching assistant for a number of courses at both UC Berkeley and Portland State University. Recently, I co-authored an article on instructing social theory in Teaching Sociology (2016).