I’m currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, having received my Ph.D in Sociology at the University of Washington in 2019. My research interests focus on residential segregation, housing markets and the changing spatial distribution of place-based inequalities, and my work has appeared in peer-reviewed outlets like Demography, Urban Affairs Review and Social Forces. I’m a data omnivore and a big proponent of the R language for statistical analysis and data visualization. I ❤ ggplot2.
A significant share of my ongoing research harnesses web data scraped from online rental housing platforms like Craigslist to understand the role of these information exchanges within the modern housing search process and extract policy-relevant information about rental housing conditions across the United States. This research is enabled by a unique data collection infrastructure based on thousands of containerized Helena scrapers running within a Kubernetes cluster. My colleagues and I have used these data to:
- assess the degree to which different types of neighborhoods are more or less represented online
- measure differences in discourse about housing between neighborhoods
- describe how different sources capture different market segments