About

I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine in December 2017. My areas of expertise are political sociology, social movements and social change, media sociology, public policy, and gun politics, as well as qualitative and mixed methods.

My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright Program and appears in academic journals like Sociological Forum and Social Movement Studies, as well as in edited volumes like The Oxford Handbook of American Political Development.

My current research examines why opposing political organizations are both able to make political gains in the contentious, crowded, and shifting context that follows certain attention-grabbing, agenda-disrupting events. I use historical-comparative, content analysis, and ethnographic techniques to determine how gun control and gun rights groups capitalize on attention-grabbing shootings, using the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 as my case study. I analyze thousands of organizational documents, newspaper articles, and government documents; and over 100 hours of fieldwork and informal interviews. See my Research page for more detail on the projects these data are generating.

Past projects include research on mainstream and partisan media coverage of the Tea Party Movement and Occupy Wall Street and on the service sector’s implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention education programs in Southern India. See my CV page for more information on these past projects.