I am a sociology PhD candidate at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. I received my BA in psychology (2008) and MA in sociology (2012) from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. My masters thesis examined the ways in which Iranian political activists and opposition members engaged in symbolic communication in cyberspace during the post-election political unrest in 2009. You may find a copy of my thesis here.

My current research interests include culture, music, computational sociology, and quantitative methods. Recently, I co-authored a paper with my advisor Dr. Tim Dowd and Dr. Yun Tai that examined how critics construct progressive rock’s heritage through online reviews. The paper can be found here.

My dissertation examines the structure of the global metal music scene using computational methods.

In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar, reading non-fiction, and writing for music publications.