I study gender, race, and social class inequality in the workplace and the labor force. 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.
My research examines rising economic inequality in the U.S. through the lens of gender, race, and class. I pursued sociology after working as a Research Analyst for BlackRock, Inc. from 2007-2010. This experience inspired me to study the financial services industry, specifically the mechanisms that reproduce workplace inequality on Wall Street and how the financial sector perpetuates inequality in society at large.
With Ken-Hou Lin, I have a forthcoming book on why current trends in rising inequality cannot be understood without examining the rise of big finance. Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance will be released by Oxford University Press in December of 2019.
My academic research is highly relevant to those in government, policy, and industry. I have been invited to present my work at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development’s Overcoming Inequalities summit, Tax Justice Network conference, and TechCrunch Disrupt meeting.
My work has been featured in the American Sociological Association's Work in Progress, the Clayman Institute for Gender Research's Gender News, D&I in Practice, Economic Sociology and Political Economy, the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice's Human Rights Working Paper Series, and UT Austin Soc.
Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance will be released in December of 2019 by 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.