I joined the London School of Economics as an Assistant Professor of Sociology after receiving my PhD from Columbia University. My work studies the construction of status hierarchies and how they sustain inequality in society. It asks how we come to view different people as unequally deserving or valuable, and how this affects their outcomes. My first book, Consecrated (to be published by Princeton University Press), explores these processes in the context of the art world. It shows how, in the heyday of modern art, market institutions created value for artists — and inequality between them — by consecrating the field of modernism — that is, by asserting the existence of a reliable hierarchy of worth between artists in a field premised on constant revolution in the norms defining artistic worthiness. My current research brings these same interests to bear on broader issues of stratification and inequality. I first serve as principal investigator on a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation project using the New York Philharmonic subscriber archives to understand how cultural capital became a source of social status in the United States. The database for that project is publicly available here. My latest project relies on experimental designs to test how the quantification of employee performance in organizations breeds inequality in employee compensation. This project is supported by a Research Innovation Grant from LSE’s International Inequalities Institute.
Here is a link to my CV.