I am a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Arizona, specializing in social psychology, group processes, social networks, and community sociology. Broadly, my research agenda examines the effects of social connectedness on processes and outcomes requiring cooperative collective input. I study the impact of various types of social ties, such as social identity and social capital, on collective behaviors and consequences, such as cooperation in generalized exchange and the achievement of community success. I have published in the American Sociological Review, Sociological Forum, and Social Psychology Quarterly.
In addition to my research endeavors, I consider my role as an instructor an important component of my academic contribution. To formally develop my teaching skills, I completed the training to earn a Certificate in College Teaching from the University of Arizona Office of Instruction and Assessment. The foundation of my teaching philosophy is motivating students to think critically about the world around them by developing a “sociological imagination” informed by the theories and methods of sociology. I have taught a number of core and substantive courses, including Social Research Methods, Introduction to Sociology, Group Processes, Urban Community, Social Structure and Personality, and Sociology of Sexuality.
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