I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. My research and teaching interests are in organizations, social movements, social networks, environmental sociology, and computational social science.
My research examines emerging social issues at the interface of politics, industry, and the environment. Particularly, I am interested in how emerging energy industries become politically contested and how this contestation influences regulation and policymaking, the emergence of new industries, and the distribution of health and environmental risks. In my recently completed dissertation, I explored these issues in the context of the unfolding boom in oil and gas production enabled by "fracking" technology. I have a secondary research agenda addresses a broader set of questions related to social networks, organizations, and politics.
Methodologically, I specialize in applying quantitative and computational techniques to collect and analyze behavioral data from diverse sources including public records and complex administrative datasets, online “digital trace” data, and large-scale text data.
My research has been published in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Nature Human Behaviour and is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.