I am an urban ethnographer. I aim to understand all aspects of urban community life - how communities form, how they're organized, and how they change over time. I also study where the lack of community leads to social isolation. My research intersects with several subfields of sociology, including religion, inequality, gender, and culture. I am an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Prior to 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).
Before academia, I worked as a journalist and media professional. I hold graduate degrees in global media from the University of Southern California (USC) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), as well as a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University. My past professional experience continues to influence the research questions I ask and the projects I choose to study.
To learn more about my research on American Islam, please click here. For information about my current fieldwork on the unclaimed dead, please click here.