I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Cornell University and a member of Michael Macy’s Social Dynamics Laboratory. Next to my studies in sociology, I pursue a minor in the Department of Computer Science with a focus on machine learning and natural language processing and I work for the OECD International Programme for Action on Climate (IPAC) as a data science consultant.
My Ph.D. committee consists of Michael Macy (Cornell Sociology and Information Science), Filiz Garip (Princeton Sociology), Felix Elwert (UW-Madison Sociology and Statistics), Eleonora Patacchini (Cornell Economics), and Lillian Lee (Cornell Computer Science). I am a research assistant of Kelly Musick (Cornell Public Policy).
In my research, I leverage and develop quantitative methods to explore social phenomena through conceptually precise and methodologically rigorous empirical research.
My substantive research aims to advance our understanding of family and network dynamics as drivers of social inequality. My methodological research aims to enhance existing methods to understand complex dependencies among observations, such as multilevel, spatial, and network embeddedness.
My research is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Cornell University (United States) M.Sc. in Methods and Statistics 2017
M.Sc. in Sociology 2017 (with distinction)
B.A. Sociology and Economics 2014
Quantitative methods for the social sciences (esp. causal inference with multilevel, spatial, network, and textual data) ++ social networks ++ social inequality/stratification ++ family demography
Programming: Highly proficient in R (>10 years) (especially tidyverse, ggplot), Python (>2years) (especially NumPy, SciPy, Pandas, Scikit-Learn), Stata (>10years), Bugs/Jags/Stan (>5years)
- Presented my project “Socioeconomic segregation in friendship networks: Prevalence and determinants of same- and cross-SES friendships in US high schools.” at the Measuring Belief Systems workshop at Princeton University (October 2022), at the MZES Colloquium at Mannheim University (October 2022), and at the Inequality Discussion Workshop at Cornell University (November 2022). I will present an updated version of this paper at PAA 2023 in New Orleans (April 2023) and at ISA in Melbourne, Australia (June 2023).
- Was a visiting researcher at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) (June+July 2022)
- Presented my project “Treatment effects on within-group and between-group inequality. A causal decomposition approach” at the 2022 meeting of the Population of America Association in Atlanta, USA (April 2022), and at the 2022 meeting of the International Network of Analytical Sociology (INAS) in Florence, Italy (May 2022)
- Presented my project “The consolidation of socioeconomic status and race and its implications for cross-race and cross-SES friendship” at the 2022 meeting of the RC28 Research Committee on Social Stratification in London (April 2022).
- Gave an introductory workshop on multilevel modeling for the Cornell Population Center (March 2022).
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