I am an urban ethnographer. I aim to understand all aspects of urban community life in Los Angeles - how communities there form, how they're organized, and how they change over time. I also study where the lack of community leads to social isolation. I've published in leading general and specialty social science journals, including Social Problems, Gender & Society, Du Bois Review, City & Community, and more. Currently, I am an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Prior to the UvA, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University, where I continue to serve as a non-resident research fellow in the Religion and Public Life Program. I completed my doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2015. For a CV, contact me here.
Before academia, I worked as a journalist and media professional. My past professional experience continues to influence the research questions I ask and the projects I choose to study. For more on my public writing, please click here.
To learn about my forthcoming book on American Islam, please click here. For information about my current research on the unclaimed dead, please click here.