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Associate Professor

PhD, Princeton University

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UCLA Department of Sociology
264 Haines Hall, Box 951551
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1551


Culture, Economic Sociology

Research Interests

At a substantive level my research addresses culture and mass media, especially pop music radio and Hollywood films.
At a theoretical and methodological level the main focus of my work is about understanding diffusion processes, particularly through approaches that aggregate information across many innovations rather than treating them one at a time. 

Selected Publications

"Obfuscatory Relational Work and Disreputable Exchange." 2014. Sociological Theory.

"The Diffusion of the Legitimate and the Diffusion of Legitimacy." 2014. Sociological Science.

"Close, But No Cigar: The Bimodal Rewards to Prize-Seeking." (with Oliver Schilke). 2014. American Sociological Review

Climbing the Charts: What Radio Airplay Tells Us about the Diffusion of Innovation. Princeton University Press. 2012. 

"I'd Like to Thank the Academy, Team Spillovers, and Network Centrality." (with Nicole Esparza and Phil Bonacich). 2010. American Sociological Review

"Modeling Diffusion of Multiple Innovations via Multilevel Diffusion Curves" (with Ming Ming Chiu and Joeri Mol). 2008. Sociological Methodology


National Science Foundation. (SES-0724914).

"Sustaining and Disruptive Innovation: Drawing Lessons from the Radio Industry."  Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Industry Studies Fellowship.