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 am pursuing a minor in the Department of Computer Science.
My research examines network and family dynamics as drivers of social inequality:
Together with Michael Macy, Eleonora Patacchini, and David Grusky, I study whether disadvantaged youth benefit from interacting with children from different socioeconomic backgrounds and whether such benefits depend on the overall network structure. This project has received a two-year NSF award.
Together with Kelly Musick, I examine how the changing impact of parenthood on earnings has reshaped earnings inequality in the last four decades. As part of this project, I am developing the R package “ineqx“, which allows linking aggregate-level changes in inequality more directly to changes at the individual level.
A second line of my research focuses on how complex dependencies among observations, such as spatial, multilevel, and network embeddedness, can be modeled within the regression framework:
I have developed the generalized multiple membership multilevel model, which is implemented in the R package “rmm“, to account for dependencies arising from the crisscrossing relationship between political parties and coalition governments in political science research on coalition government outcomes.
M.Sc. in Methods and Statistics 2017
M.Sc. in Sociology 2017 (with distinction)
B.A. Sociology and Economics 2014
- Present my project “Separating selection from influence. Methods to identify peer effects in comparison.” at Networks 2021 (July 2021).
- Participated in the 2021 Sante Fe Workshop in Computational Social Science (June 2021).
- My project on cross-SES friendship has been awarded a $240,000 NSF grant (May 2021).
- Presented my project with Kelly Musick “The Changing Impact of Parenthood on Earnings Inequality From 1989–2019” at PAA 2021 (May 5-8, 2021).
- I reviewed a paper for Sociological Methods and Research (Feb 2021)
- Attended the virtual ASA annual meeting (August 8-11, 2020), presenting my paper “Cross-SES friendship and socioeconomic attainment in the US“.
- My paper “A multilevel model for coalition governments: Uncovering dependencies within and across governments due to parties” has won the Robert B. McGinnis graduate student paper award, recognizing an outstanding contribution using sophisticated sociological methods (June 2020)
- I have submitted my first paper, “How internal party politics destabilize coalitions. Party organization and the interdependence structure of government survival” for consideration for publication (April 2020)
- I reviewed my first paper for the American Journal of Sociology (Dec 2019)
- Attended the American Political Science Association Conference in Washington DC (August 29-September 1, 2019)
- Attended the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research Retreat on Simulation in Rostock, Germany (July 1-3, 2019)
- Attended the BIGSSS Summer Schools in Computational Social Science in Sardinia, Italy (June 10-21, 2019)
- Attended the Cornell Sociology Symposium (March 7, 2019) and presented “Good from far but far from good. On machine learning and the fixed effect cult“
- Attended XXXVIII Sunbelt Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands (June 26 – July
- Attended PAA 2018 in Denver, Colorado (April 26-28, 2018), presenting my paper on accomplishing micro-macro aggregations with richly parametrized linear models
- Attended the 11th International Multilevel Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands (April 12-13, 2017), presenting my paper on accomplishing micro-macro aggregations with richly parametrized linear models
- Attended the 2016 International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse in Oslo, Norway (August 31 – September 2, 2016), presenting our paper on survey attitude and nonresponse
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Ithaca NY, 14853
Email fbr33 at cornell dot edu
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