I am a cultural sociologist who studies globalization, human rights, and the intersection of morality and markets. My research is comparative and focuses on Latin America and the global South. I am interested in culture and inequality, in the ways people create, develop, and challenge narratives of recognition and stigma.
I am currently writing a book on these topics called Unintentional Stigma: How Good Intentions Lead to Unforeseen Outcomes in the Global Fight Against Child Labor. In this book, I analyze a common but misunderstood problem in human rights advocacy, how transnational campaigns can stigmatize the very people they want to protect. I draw on interviews, content analysis, and field work from Bolivia and Ecuador, where I talked to over 200 activists, bureaucrats, NGO officials, and working children themselves. I have also published research on globalization and sport, globalization and memory, violence against children, and theories of translation.
I am currently a Harvard College Fellow and Lecturer at Harvard University, where I teach classes on Human Rights, Children's Rights, and Sports and Society. I am also a Data Consultant at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in the Child Protection and Development Team. I have a Ph.D. with distinction in sociology from Yale University and a B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Yale College.