I am an assistant professor in the department of sociology and a core faculty member of advanced methodologies for the behavioral, health, and social sciences at Purdue University (AMAP). My research and education spans sociology, psychology, and statistics. My current research program focuses on two main areas: (1) applications of social psychological theories of status, identity, and stereotyping to the intersections of gender and sexuality; and (2) applied statistics, quantitative methodology, and experimental design. I use and study multiple quantitative methods in my work, including survey experiments, lab experiments, representative survey data, longitudinal surveys, and agent-based modeling.
My work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Sociological Methodology, Social Psychology Quarterly, Sociological Science, Social Science & Medicine, and other peer-reviewed journals. My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS), the Kinsey Institute, the American Sociological Association’s social psychology section, and others.
Social Psychological Research on the Intersections of Gender and Sexuality
I use social psychological theories of status, identity, and stereotyping to better understand the intersections of gender and sexuality—and in more recent work, their intersections with race/ethnicity. Much of this work focuses on inequalities in the labor market. For example, I have published on wage inequalities based on sexual orientation and on gender inequalities in leadership positions. Current projects examine how gender and sexual orientation influence hiring decisions and a separate project examining how an organization’s parental leave policies influence perceptions of mothers and fathers in the workplace.
Multiple projects of mine examine stereotypes of the intersections of gender, sexual orientation, and race/ethnicity—and the consequences of these stereotypes. Much of my work focuses on how status and identity influence self- and other-categorization. E.g. One project examines how status processes affect who gets labeled as what sexual orientation category. Another project shows how identity commitment explains gaps in sexual identity disclosure.
I am currently working on multiple projects focused on affect control theory, a computational and mathematical model of social interaction that combines many of my interests around identity, stereotyping, and quantitative methodology. These projects examine both how stereotypes/cultural sentiment are measured and on how to determine cultural consensus, along with ways to incorporate these insights into the theoretical model.
Research on Applied Statistics, Quantitative Methodology, and Experimental Design
Much of my current work focuses on categorical data analysis, latent variable modeling, and experimental design. For example, I have published on statistical approaches for examining nonlinear interaction effects and on approaches for examining cross-model comparisons of predictions and effects (across both linear and nonlinear models). A new line of research develops new methods for examining measurement invariance in nonlinear latent variable models (e.g. item response theory).
Another active area of my research focuses on experimental design. Multiple projects examine new and old approaches for measuring interpersonal status in groups. Another set of projects examines tools for measuring cultural stereotypes.
I also write statistical programs that implement new statistical approaches (primarily using Stata). Available programs/packages/commands implement best practices for data visualization, ways to visualize imbalance across groups, and easy ways to produce publication quality descriptive statistics tables. I am currently working on programs (a) that simplify tests of cross-model comparisons, (b) that provide new approaches for interpreting item response theory models, and (c) that calculate measures of model fit in latent class analysis.
I primarily teach applied statistics and quantitative methods courses and short workshops on advanced quantitative methods. I teach semester-long graduate courses on categorical data analysis, experimental design, and on latent variable modeling. I also teach one and two-day workshops on data visualization, survey design, analysis with missing data, workflow practices for reproducible research, statistical programming in Stata, and on survey experiments. The materials for these courses and workshops are freely available under the Teaching tab.
Feel free to email me if you have questions or would like a copy of any of my published articles: firstname.lastname@example.org
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