Link to CV.
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. 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. Much of this has led me into the sociologies of medicine and punishment, but I am also interested in labor, inequality, the state, and urban sociology.
My dissertation, The Ambulance: On the Frontlines of Poverty Governance, asks a simple question: what is the role of the 911 ambulance in the American city? I draw on nearly two years of fieldwork (including 9 months working as a novice emergency medical technician) and thousands of medical records to reimagine the ambulance as an institution of urban poverty management. This study motivates what I call the “labor theory of poverty governance,” a framework I detail in American Sociological Review. Additional analyses from my dissertation can be found in a recent publication in Prehospital Emergency Care. I'm also developing my dissertation into a book manuscript (under contact with University of California Press).
My interests in poverty governance have pushed me into the penal state as well. I have examined the carceral experience of soon-to-be released prisoners (Punishment and Society) and I am currently researching the ways parole supervision might function like workfare.