|I am an advanced candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Sociology at Duke University in Durham, NC. My research motivated by how religion relates to stratification outcomes and to broader social change. Presently, I am studying religious organizational change; gender, marriage and charitable giving; the relation of social connectedness to health outcomes among clergy; and how survey characteristics shape respondent's answers. |
I have published in Social Networks, the Journal of Social History, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Research in the Sociology of Work and the Journal of Social Thought and Research.
I spent one year as a visiting instructor in Sociology at King's University in Edmonton, Alberta, where I taught the sociology of deviance, the sociology of gender, the sociology of religion, and introductory sociology. I have taught quantitative methods in at Duke. You can find links to syllabi and course evaluations here.
My dissertation, entitled "The Social Fabrication of Protestant Megachurches" is being supervised by Mark Chaves (chair), Lisa Keister, Jen'nan Read, and Grant Wacker (Religion). It explores the causes and consequences of a major trend in the organization of American religion, namely, the concentration of people into very large churches.
As a quantitative sociologist, I am keenly interested in finding ways to leverage advanced statistical methods to more accurately model social processes. I am highly proficient in Bayesian statistical methods (including hierarchical models and growth curves), the structural equation modeling of longitudinal data, and spatial statistics. I am an advanced R programmer and developer. I have training in survey design, interviewing, and survey management.