I am a qualitative sociologist who studies culture, markets, globalization, and childhood. Most of my work is comparative and focuses on Latin America.
I am writing a book manuscript, Too Young to Work? Why Children Defend Child Labor, that studies the experiences of working children in the global South and asks why many are joining social movements that call for the "right to work with dignity." I compare how these children - and the adults that aim to help them - draw the line between moral child work and immoral child labor. I show that they differ in their "practical epistemologies," or unspoken assumptions about moral arguments, authority, methods, and evidence. This book contributes to economic sociology, the sociology of childhood, and child labor research and policy. I have also written about the globalization of collective memory, the globalization of sport, and theories of translation.
I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies at the State University of New York at Purchase. I am also a Research Associate at the Dignity and Debt Network in Princeton University and a Research Fellow at the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology. I have a Ph.D. with distinction and a B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Yale University.