About

I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine in December 2017. My areas of expertise include political sociology, organizations (formal and complex), social movements and social change, media sociology, public policy, and gun politics, as well as qualitative methods and research design.

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 how political organizations on opposing sides can both capitalize on 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. My primary data are organizational documents, newspaper articles, and government documents, and I also draw on participant observations at gun control and gun rights events.  While the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 is my primary case study, future data collection will extend through the response to the 2018 Parkland Shooting.  See my Research page for more 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.