I study organizational change and economic inequality. My research areas include economic sociology, strategic management, and organizational theory; worker mobility and social inequality; and corporate ownership, acquisitions, venture capital, and private equity. I use U.S. Census and IRS data and statistical methods supplemented by interviews.
In my dissertation, I studied the conditions under which private equity leveraged buyouts impact worker earnings, health insurance premiums, and retirement plans. In my job market paper, I argue that private equity ownership accelerates skill-biased technological change but that those leveraged buyouts more focused on financial rather than operational value creation reduce earnings for workers across the educational distribution.
In the summer of 2022, I began a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the Work & Organization Studies group. I am continuing my work with Professor Nathan Wilmers on research funded by the Urban Institute WorkRise program and the MIT Work of the Future Initiative. I completed a PhD in Sociology with an MA in Statistics at the University of Michigan in the summer of 2022.