Research

// My research examines how organizations and individuals work to create social change.

In this context, I have a particular interest in how these actors experience and manage social evaluations (e.g., stigma, legitimacy, reputation), as well as the role of entrepreneurship and (social) innovation in this endeavor, which I explore through qualitative methods covering in-depth interviewing, participant observations, and archival sources.

In doing so, I theoretically contribute to conversations around institutional theory, social movements theory, and social evaluations.

Most recently, I have conducted research in an exciting array of empirical contexts including social housing organizations, prisons and reentry organizations, capital punishment in the U.S., and child marriage in Indonesia.

For my work on child marriage in Indonesia, I won a UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund prize.