I joined the London School of Economics as an Assistant Professor of Sociology after receiving my PhD from Columbia University. My work studies the formation of status hierarchies and status-based inequality: how we come to view different people as unequally 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 art in Paris between 1870 and 1930. It shows how, in the heyday of French modernism, market institutions created value for artists – and inequality between them – by bringing a sense of order and reliable hierarchy to a seemingly anomic field. I also serve as principal investigator on a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation project using the New York Philharmonic subscriber archives to understand how culture emerged as a resource for elite status in the United States. The database for that project is publicly available here. My latest work relies on experimental designs to test how the reification of employee performance in organizations contributes to legitimize 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.

Published and Forthcoming Work

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

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

"How Cultural Capital Emerged in Gilded Age America: Musical Purification and Cross-Class Inclusion at the New York Philharmonic.American Journal of Sociology 123: 1743-1783.

"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

"How the Reification of Merit Breeds Inequality: Theory and Experimental Evidence.”

Status Signaling, Rank Ambiguity, and Reciprocity in Informal Economic Exchange."


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