Welcome! I am Assistant Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. My work focuses on social status and status-based inequality: why people and groups are perceived as more or less valuable, and how this affects their outcomes. My first book, Market Chains (to be published by Princeton University Press) explores the role of the market in the consecration of modern artists in Paris between 1870 and 1930 – the golden era of French modernism. In more recent work I have studied the emergence of cultural capital and its role in cementing the status of elites in Gilded Age America. The database for that project is publicly available here. My current research uses experimental designs to test how the reification of employee performance in organizations shapes our willingness to accept inequality in the rewards employees receive. I earned my PhD from Columbia University in 2015.

At LSE I co-organize the Sociology Department’s colloquium series, as well as the Inequalities seminar at the International Inequalities Institute.

Here is a link to my CV.

Published and Forthcoming Work

Market Chains: Consecration and Creativity in the Market for Modern Art. Under contract, Princeton University Press.

"How Cultural Capital Emerged in Gilded Age America: Musical Purification and Cross-Class Inclusion at the New York Philharmonic." Forthcoming, American Journal of Sociology.

"Retrospective Consecration as a Population-Level Phenomenon." Forthcoming, American Behavioral Scientist.

"Creativity from Interaction: Artistic Movements and the Creativity Careers of Modern Painters." Poetics 37: 267-294.

"Market and Hierarchy: The Social Structure of Production Decisions in a Cultural Market." Histoire & Mesure 23: 177-218.

Working Papers

"A Theory of Consecration: Intermediation and the Formation of Economic Value in the Market for Modern Art."


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