I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford University’s VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab and a Senior Researcher at Exponential Talent. From 2017-2019, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. 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.
Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance is forthcoming 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.
Hedged Out: Inequality and Insecurity on Wall Street is under contract with the University of California Press.
Hedged Out investigates why the hedge fund industry garners extreme wealth, why mostly white men benefit, and how reforming Wall Street could create a more equal society.
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.
I currently serve on the Changing the Culture to End Sexual Harassment Working Group at the National Institutes of Health and the Local Planning Committee for the American Sociological Association’s 2020 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
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.