My current research interests involve:
- The use of sociological, anthropological and historical studies/theories in recontextualizing and understanding contemporary technological practices, specifically those relating to databases, transaction processing, and distributed systems.
- The analysis and visualization of large-scale, densely contextual empirical data to address long-running concerns in economic, cultural and urban sociology.
- Winter 2016: Visiting scholar at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick.
- Fall 2014-present: Software developer at the Chicago-based civic technology firm DataMade, working on projects in collaboration with the University of Chicago's Urban Center for Computation and Data and the Participatory Politics Foundation.
- Winter 2014: Visiting scholar at the University of Leicester School of Management, researching topics in the social studies of finance; supervised by Yuval Millo.
- Summer 2013: Fellow in the inaugural Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship, working with graduates and undergraduates from CS, stats/math and social science departments on philanthropically-oriented consulting projects.
Grants, Fellowships, Honors
- Robert Park Lectureship, University of Chicago Department of Sociology, for my course Computing and Society (Spring 2016).
- 2015 Business History Conference Doctoral Colloquium, Miami, June 23, 2015.
- "Concurrency and Durability: Transaction Processing in the 1970s and 1980s". Arthur L. Norberg Travel Grant, Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, 2014.
- "Globalization of Order Matching and Trade Execution Technologies". Nicholson Center for British Studies Fellowship, University of Chicago, Winter 2014.
- Data Science for Social Good Fellowship, University of Chicago, Summer 2013.
Works in Progress
- "Scale, Scope, and Status: the Marketplace Platform as a Network Process", 2015.
- "The Transaction and the Exchange: from Database to Marketplace, 1970-2000", 2015.
- "Where do Electronic Markets Come From? Regulation and the Transformation of Financial Exchanges" (with Yuval Millo, Daniel Beunza, and David Lubin), 2015. Under review at Economy and Society. Working paper available upon request.
- "Making Markets Durable: Transaction Processing in Finance", 2015. Working paper available upon request.
- "Relational and Non-Relational Models in the Entextualization of Bureaucracy". Computational Culture: a Journal of Software Studies No. 3, November 2013.
- "The Platform as Exchange". To be presented at the 2016 biennial Internet, Politics, and Policy (IPP) conference, "The Platform Society", Oxford Internet Institute, September 2016.
- "Big Data or Big Codata? Flows in Historical and Contemporary Data Practices". To be presented at Society for Social Studies of Science 4S/EASST, Barcelona, September 2016.
- "Platforms or Exchanges? Financial Metaphors for Regulating the Collaborative Economy". To be presented at Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Annual Conference, Berkeley, CA, June 2016.
- "Distinguishing Big Codata." Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick, March 2nd, 2016.
- "Making Markets Durable: Transaction Processing in Finance and Commerce." SIGCIS (Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society) Workshop at SHOT (Society for the History of Technology), Dearborn, November 9, 2014.
- "Where do Electronic Markets Come From? Regulation and The Transformation of Financial Exchanges". Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Annual Conference, Chicago, June 11, 2014.
- "Where the ‘Robots’ Dominate: Lessons from Automated Trading". Autonomy and Automation: Robotics, AI, and the Digital Cultural Future, DCRC/UWE Bristol, March 8th, 2014.
- "Data Representation in the 1970s: Consequences for Quantitative Social Science". Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick, February 11th, 2014.
- "From Do-Undo to Global Finance". Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick, January 28th, 2014.
- "The Transaction Abstraction: a Prerequisite for Financialization". American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York, August 12th, 2013.
- "The Transaction Concept: Concurrency and Durability for Financial Markets". Sociology of Market Microstructure Workshop, The New York Stock Exchange, August 9th, 2013.
- "The Formalization of Financialization". Money and Markets Workshop, University of Chicago, June 4th, 2013.
- "The Entextualization of Bureaucracy: Techniques of the Relational Database", 15th Annual Michicagoan Graduate Student Conference in Linguistic Anthropology, Ann Arbor, May 10th, 2013.
- "Recontextualization and Rationalization in Open Data". Penser l’écosystème des données: Les enjeux scientifiques et politiques des données numériques. Institut des Sciences de la Communication du CNRS (ISCC), Paris, February 14th, 2013.
- "The Great Debate: Representation of Data in the 1970s". Computational Social Science Workshop, University of Chicago, October 26, 2012.
- "Relational and Non-Relational Models in the Virtualization of Bureaucracy". The Lived Logics of Database Machinery: a workshop organised by Computational Culture, London, June 28th, 2012.
I have a strong interest in liberating the social sciences from their dependence on commercial statistics software via training in open-source scripting, data analysis, and visualization methods. Conversely, I am also interested in communicating the insights and relevance of specifically social-scientific and humanistic thinking (including the history and sociology of science and knowledge, sociological theory, linguistic anthropology, and philosophy of technology) to more technically-minded students and specialists.
- (Spring 2016) Computing and Society (University of Chicago).
- (Winter 2015) Computing for
the Social Sciences and the Humanities (University of Chicago). This is a non-credit course aimed at teaching basic
programming skills in Python and R to graduate and undergraduate
students in the social sciences and humanities. (Also held: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Winter/Spring 2011)
- (Spring 2012) Transformative Technologies: Computing (Illinois Institute of Technology). This is an undergraduate course on computing practices which merges material from the history, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy of technology. [Department Link]
Teaching Assistantships (as graduate student)
- Sociological Theory (with Andreas Glaeser).
- Global Society and Global Culture (with Karin Knorr Cetina).
- Consumption (with Karin Knorr Cetina).
- Content Analysis (with James Evans).
- Science, Culture and Society III (with James Evans).
Teaching Assistantships (as undergraduate)
- Topics in Algorithmic Animation (with Nancy Pollard).
- Operating Systems (with Tom Doeppner).
- Introduction to Software Engineering (with Steve Reiss).
- Introduction to Scientific Computing (with John Savage).
- Manuscript Review, American Journal of Sociology
- (2009-2010) Manuscript Board, American Journal of Sociology