I am a postdoctoral research fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. I received my PhD in Sociology from the University of California-Berkeley in 2019. My research examines the connections between the formation of states, the reproduction of elites, and geopolitical conflict and cooperation. I study these processes in the context of both early modern Europe and the contemporary United States. More broadly, my research and teaching interests include political sociology, economic sociology, social theory, historical and comparative methods, elites, and global governance.
My book project, tentatively titled “Performing World Order,” develops a sociological account of a classic problem in world politics: how states exercise governance at a transnational or global level, a process known in its extreme form as hegemony. Whereas conventional explanations of global hegemony stress military and economic factors and treat states as the relevant actors, my approach incorporates symbolic factors, and it foregrounds the configurations of elites who produce state actions in the first place. I examine these issues in the context of European geopolitics during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, employing extensive archival sources of diplomatic correspondence and network data on interstate treaties.
An article related to this project appeared in the December 2018 issue of the American Sociological Review. Additionally, I have a co-authored article, also published in the American Sociological Review, which accounts for the actions and assumptions of policymakers at the Federal Reserve during the lead-up to the financial crisis of 2008. My work has also been published in Comparative Studies in Society and History.