Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. I study 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 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 currently 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 source of social 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. I received my PhD from Columbia University.
Here is a link to my CV.