// My research engages with the question of what enables but also what inhibits social change. Theoretically, I look at this primarily through the lenses of institutional theory, social evaluations, identity and identification, and routines. Methodologically, I use qualitative data and analysis covering in-depth interviewing, participant observations, and archival sources. Empirically, my work has taken me into contexts ranging from social housing organizations to prisons, social enterprises, and companies that employ people with convictions.
Stigma & Marginalization
Negative social evaluations, particularly stigma, can have detrimental effects on the individuals or organizations receiving it.
In this group of studies, I explore how stigma is experienced, reduced, or counterintuitively even put to positive use by its recipients. At the organizational level, aspects of interest include the sanctions of stigma and their management, the experience of cooperation and conflict in stigmatized settings, as well as the emergence of allies of stigmatized organizations. At the individual level, I am intrigued by how stigmatized populations experience their move (back) into work and their interactions in that space.
Routines & Institutions
As one of the fundamental building blocks that shape organizational action, routines have traditionally been studied in isolation or within organizational boundaries.
This body of research explores the embeddedness of organizational routines in other organizational or macro-structures. In particular, I apply an institutional perspective to ask how organizational routines and institutions interact and influence each other.