I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Management and Organizations Department at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

My research investigates when, why, and how firms and individuals can appear committed and capable to their exchange partners (e.g., customers, fellow organizational members), even though they engage in activities that raise questions about their commitment and capability (e.g., growth, diverging from legitimate behavioral standards). These challenges are especially salient for entrepreneurial actors and help explain why they face what Stinchcombe called the “liability of newness.” Progress on these questions promises to provide guidance to practitioners who seek to disrupt the market by defying conventional practices and beliefs. I often employ mixed methods for my papers, using observational quantitative, experimental, and interview data to triangulate theories that address important questions about entrepreneurship, organizations, and markets.

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.