I am a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley studying economic sociology, organizations, and labor.
I study how ideologies shape conceptions of capitalism at the meso-level of the firm or industry.
One project examines the role of ideological innovation in American finance by charting the rise of passive investment products (index funds and exchange-traded funds or ETFs) in the twentieth-century. How did passive investments come to dominate the multi-trillion dollar U.S. investment management industry, even as they went against the best interests of many of that industry's key players? More generally, what drives the adoption of innovation that is not just technologically disruptive, but also ideologically threatening?
Another project documents the history of collective action in the U.S. technology industry. As part of the Collective Action in Tech project (https://collectiveaction.tech/), I have gathered hundreds of these actions in a publicly accessible archive. Using this archive, I examine how workers collectivize and mobilize to address individual disillusionment with the products of their labor. What is the role of capitalism in the new tech utopianism? This research has been featured in The Guardian, NBC News, The Hill, and NPR.
My research has been funded by the Jain Family Institute and the Center for Technology, Society, and Policy at Berkeley. Prior to graduate school, I worked in finance and journalism. I earned a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard College and an M.A. in Sociology from Columbia University.