I am Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Drawing on my training in law and sociology, my research investigates (1) the structure and work of the legal profession, (2) individuals’ behavior in response to legal problems, and (3) the relationship between social inequality and the development of law. I examine these topics using quantitative methods and novel data sources, to deepen our understanding of both social and legal phenomena.
I received a PhD in sociology from Cornell University, a JD from Northwestern University School of Law, and AB degrees in Public Policy and Spanish from Duke University. Before entering graduate school, I worked as an associate in the Private Client Department of McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Chicago, IL and as Associate Director of Planned Giving for the Harvard Business School in Boston, MA.