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, distributed systems, and artificial intelligence.
- 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
- "The Transaction and the Exchange: from Database to Marketplace, 1970-2000", 2016.
- "Scale, Scope, and Status: the Marketplace Platform as a Network Process", 2015.
- "Marketplace platforms or exchanges? Financial metaphors for regulating the collaborative economy", 2016. Economic Sociology: The European Electronic Newsletter, vol. 17, no.3.
- "Where do Electronic Markets Come From? Regulation and the Transformation of Financial Exchanges", 2016. (with Yuval Millo, Daniel Beunza, and David Lubin), Economy and Society, vol. 45, no. 2.
- "Making Markets Durable: Transaction Processing in Finance", 2016. 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". 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". Society for Social Studies of Science 4S/EASST, Barcelona, September 2016.
- "Platforms or Exchanges? Financial Metaphors for Regulating the Collaborative Economy", 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