I am a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. In my research, I study the intersection of gentrification, business interests, and reputation in cities, focusing especially on merchants as pivotal stakeholders in changing neighborhoods. Motivated to better understand how people balance financial and identity-based interests in their communities, my research has focused on the the circumstances in which business-owners and -managers come to either embrace or repudiate gentrification in their own neighborhoods and the ways they attempt to manage those neighborhoods' reputations. My work has appeared in City & Community, Sexualities, and the edited volume Music Sociology: Examining the Role of Music in Social Life. I received the prestigious Jacob K. Javits Fellowship during my time in graduate school, and am completing my graduate education with the help of the competitive William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship
Prior to attending the University of Chicago, I received my B.A. at the George Washington University. In addition to urban sociology, I have interests in indie rock, college basketball, and exploration of regional variations in doughnuts. I am originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and currently live in Bridgeport on the South Side of Chicago.