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I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research. In 2017, I graduated with a PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. I study gender, race, and class inequality in the workplace and the labor force.

My research examines rising economic inequality in the U.S. through the lens of gender and race. I pursued graduate school after working as a research analyst for a hedge fund from 2007-2010. This insider experience led me to sociology to study the mechanisms that reproduce gender and race inequality in this industry, and to understand how the financial sector perpetuates class inequality in society at large. 

Stanford University Profile

 
 
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Books in Progress

Hedged Out: Inequality and Insecurity on Wall Street is under contract with the University of California Press.
Hedged Out identifies why the hedge fund industry garners extreme wealth, why mostly white men benefit, and how reforming Wall Street could create a more equal society.

Divested: Inequality in Financialized America is under contract with Oxford University Press.
Ken-Hou Lin and I identify how the expansion of the U.S. financial sector is a fundamental cause of rising economic inequality and has exacerbated the uneven distribution of resources according to gender, race, and social class.


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Teaching

My research on political and economic elites informs my work in the classroom. I study elites to better understand how social structures reproduce inequality at the top of the income distribution. In the classroom, I apply these insights to teach students about how social inequality impacts their own lives.

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Community

At Stanford, I will be the 2018-2019 Faculty Mentor for the Graduate Voice and Influence Program at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

At UT-Austin, I was a graduate fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab, the committee chair of the Working Paper Series at the Law School's Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, and the Sociology Department Representative to the Graduate Student Assembly.

Beyond my institutions, I served as the student representative on the Organizations, Occupations, and Work section of the American Sociological Association.