Hello! Thank you for visiting my faculty webpage. I am a sociologist who is Melvin Simon Chair and an Associate Professor in the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in Indianapolis, as well as an affiliate faculty in the Human-Centered Computing Department in the IU Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, Indianapolis.
Prior to joining IU, I was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Social Research at the University of Arkansas. Before that was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. Prior, I earned my PhD and MA degrees in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, MSW degree in community practice from the University of Denver, and a BA degree in sociology and psychology from the University of Arizona.
My research engages intersectional approaches to understanding voluntary action, religiosity, and youth development. Interested in social and generational changes, I am intrigued with the role of data science, artificial intelligence, and technology generally in altering patterns of interaction. Inversely, I am also curious about the role of philanthropy in supporting the innovation in creation, use, and regulation of AI, machine learning, and data science technology.