Short Bio

I am a Doctoral Candidate in Sociology at the University of Washington. When I applied to grad school, I wrote a cheesy personal statement about how social scientific knowledge is like a big, open ocean with who-knows-what lurking beneath the surface, and I was ready to jump in the water. I have a strong sense of curiosity, and I really like learning. I try to be honest and to make the world a better place than how I found it.

As a sociologist, I investigate how human experiences are nested within cultures and systems in ways that produce unequal lives. Within political sociology, I am drawn to questions about how different systems and institutions interact to affect an individual’s place in society, how people and groups are treated differently within societies, and how social organization changes. In applied sociology, I engage in equity-focused program evaluation research because I get the chance to think about how a very local culture and system interacts with the broader social context to improve participants’ lives. Currently, I am part of UW's Center for Evaluation and Research for STEM Equity.

As a professional, I look at the cultures and systems within my work environment to identify how I can contribute to improve the experience for colleagues. In one past position, I developed a suite of training materials for local habits of project management and data analysis to improve the orientation and training process and cut down repeated work. Within higher education, I enjoy working to improve student experiences and outcomes in higher education, both as an in-classroom educator and as an institutional researcher.

I am the 2018-19 Rabbi Arthur Jacobovitz Fellow in Jewish Studies at the UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies. In Fall 2017 I was a visiting student at the Arye Maimon Institute for Jewish History at Universität Trier in Trier, Germany, funded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).

Check out my current projects on medieval expulsions and organizational change in STEM higher ed and my CV for more information about my professional contributions.