I am a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University with research and teaching interests in law and organizations, comparative and historical sociology, and gender and sexuality. I am also an affiliate of the Center for the Study of Inequality and a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Organizational Behavior, both at Cornell. I received my PhD in Sociology from Yale University in 2019.
My current research centers on understanding the social and historical life of antidiscrimination law in organizations. My book manuscript (under contract with Princeton University Press) examines the case of Title IX, the 1972 US civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Today, Title IX is well-known for outlawing sexual harassment on college campuses. But Title IX was not created to confront sexual harassment, nor does the statute even mention sexual harassment. Drawing on new data and multiple methods, I explain this striking change. I argue that the mutual interpenetration of social networks across educational and legal domains instigated the emergence of a new use for the law as well as a transformation in the concept of gender equity itself. The project clarifies how people within the organizations regulated by law not only creatively define the meaning of compliance: they also introduce innovative interpretations of law that stimulate broader cultural changes in norms of behavior and material shifts in the balance of rights and powers in society at large.
In 2018-19, I was a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow. My research has also received support from the National Science Foundation and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy and recently won the ASA Sex and Gender Section Sally Hacker Graduate Student Paper Award as well as the ASA Sociology of Law Graduate Student Paper Award. I have published in Social Problems, Organization, Qualitative Sociology, and Socius.
Prior to graduate school, I worked in philanthropic management consulting and, before that, as a wilderness guide in New Mexico. I received my B.A. in Sociology from Wellesley College and M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.