I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Indiana University. My research interests lie in the area of social networks, political sociology, medical sociology, biosociology, and quantitative methods.
I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Columbia University with the Robert Merton Award for Best Dissertation. My dissertation shows how network dynamics intersect with broader political processes to induce heightened polarization and, consequently, threats to democratic discourse using ego-centric network data collected during the recent election in 2016. I continue to work on the project investigating political polarization and social networks using a rich set of textual and relational “big” data in political forums on Facebook.
I am also interested in network mechanisms in which social contexts shape physical and mental health outcomes. In my earlier work, I show the role of depressed peers in adolescent depression, and (limited) genetic influence on adolescents’ social networks. Recently, I have launched several projects including the impact of state policies on opioid epidemics, peer effects of learning conflicts of interests policy during medical school on physicians’ receipt of pharmaceutical payments, and the neighborhood effects on suicide and overdose deaths.
You can find a link to my CV here.
PhD in Sociology, 2018
MA in Sociology, 2014
MA in Sociology, 2012
BA in Business Administration, 2009