I’m currently a doctoral candidate in sociology at Indiana University. Starting this fall I’ll be a postdoctoral fellow affiliated with the Polarization and Social Change Lab and the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University.
I study how beliefs shape, and are shaped by, social inequalities. Most of my research uses quantitative methods on national and cross-national survey data with an emphasis on survey experiments. Substantively, I focus on inequality, public opinion, and social change with an emphasis on issues related to gender, sexuality, and religion.
I’m writing a book tentatively titled Is Faith Feminine? What Americans Really Think about Gender and Religion, which is under contract with Oxford University Press. The book considers the ways religions are gender-typed, gendered social psychological opportunities and constraints related to religion, and how religion suppresses gender differences in politics.
I’m particularly interested in the paradox of how things that seem to compensate for inequality can end up justifying and reinforcing it. Much of my research, including my dissertation and my book project, has examined how religion can both compensate for and reinforce inequality. Future work will consider additional factors that may compensate for and justify inequality, including elite philanthropy and seemingly positive stereotypes about structurally-disadvantaged groups.
My work has received several awards, has been published in Science Advances, Sociological Science, Social Forces, Gender & Society, and other journals, and has been covered in several print, radio, and television outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, and CBS News.