|I am a candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Sociology at Duke University in Durham, NC. My research is 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. |
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 have training in survey design, interviewing, Bayesian statistical methods, spatial statistics and R. I have developed statistical models to assess the impact of governmental policy on farmland prices and deal with zero-inflated continuous distributions.
I spent one year as a visiting instructor in Sociology at Kings University in Edmonton, Alberta, where I taught the sociology of deviance, the sociology of gender, the sociology of religion, and introductory sociology. I will teach Quantitative Methods this summer at Duke. You can find links to syllabi and course evaluations here.