I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. I completed my Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Michigan in 2014, where I also earned my M.A. in statistics in 2011. I am originally from Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and as an undergraduate, I studied philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for two years before transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and receiving my B.A. in sociology (with a concentration in analysis and research).
My research is in the areas of neighborhood effects and urban poverty, group conflict and racial attitudes, class structure and income inequality, and methods of causal inference in observational research. My recent work examines the link between class structure, defined in terms of ownership and authority relations in production, and growing income inequality in the U.S. since the early 1980s. I’m also currently working on several projects dealing with the impact of neighborhood poverty on child development and the association between cognitive ability and racial attitudes among white Americans. My previous research on these topics has been published in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Demography, Social Problems, and Social Psychology Quarterly.
In my spare time, I play basketball, explore the outdoors, and spend time with friends and family. I am also an avid fan and proud co-owner of the Green Bay Packers, one of the only community-owned franchises in major sports.