I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Management and Organizations Department at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. My research lies at the intersection of entrepreneurship, cultural markets, and signals of commitment and capability. A fundamental challenge that entrepreneurial actors face is the “liability of newness” (Stinchcombe 1965) through which they appear less committed and capable than incumbent market actors. When, why, and how can entrepreneurial actors overcome such perceptions? This question is important for scholars as well as practitioners who seek to understand and respond to situations in which entrepreneurs and startups can succeed (at a micro level) and markets change over time (at a macro level).

I received my doctoral degree from the Economic Sociology program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Before joining the doctoral program, I consulted for local governments and worked as a research assistant at NORC. I completed my undergraduate degree at University of Chicago.