About

Effective July 1, 2022, I will be an Associate Research Scholar in the Department of Sociology and Lecturer in Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Before arriving at Princeton, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at Harvard University. In award-winning academic and public-facing publications, I make connections between urban inequality, climate change, and the political challenges for democracy that confront societies across the globe.

My first book, Urban Power, is under contract with Princeton University Press. I begin by asking, “Why are some cities more effective than others at reducing inequality?” To answer this question, I compare the divergent politics of distributing urban public goods — housing, sanitation, and transportation — in two mega-cities after transitions to democracy: Johannesburg, South Africa, and São Paulo, Brazil. This work takes readers inside the political and professional conflicts within and between movements, bureaucratic agencies, private corporations, and political parties to illustrate how they have changed over the past three decades in the governance of these goods.

In 2021, the dissertation version of this work was selected for three honors, including two different sections of the American Sociological Association — Comparative Historical Sociology and Collective Behavior & Social Movements — and the Latin American Studies Association’s Brazil Section. Research for this book was supported by peer-reviewed grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Program, and the Brazilian Studies Association.

My latest research focuses on the relationship between urban inequality and industrial transitions from carbon in Brazil, South Africa, and other high carbon-emitting, urbanizing middle-income democracies.

Research articles have been published in Social Forces, Theory & Society, City & Community, International Journal of Urban & Regional Research, International Development Planning Review, and Environment & Urbanization. I am a public scholar and regularly write essays for public-facing outlets including the Boston Review, Bloomberg’s CityLab, the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage (2x), The Conversation (4x), the Atlantic Council, Africa Is A Country (2x), and Eurozine, as well as letters in the Financial Times (8x), The Economist, and the New Yorker.

I have taught the following courses: “Comparative Urban Political Economy”; “Climate Change, Power and Global Inequality”; “Sociology of Development”; and “Sociology of Poverty.”