- 2007-2009. Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology. Harvard University
- 2005-present. Assistant Professor of Sociology. University of California,
- 2005 Ph.D. Sociology Princeton University
Dissertation: The Effects of Ownership Concentration on Media Content
Committee: Paul DiMaggio (chair), Scott Lynch, and Paul Starr
- 2002 M.A. Sociology Princeton University
Exams: Culture and Mass Media, Inequality, and Organizational Theory
- 1999 B.A. Sociology UCLA
(Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors)
- Sociology of culture
- Diffusion of innovation and networks
- Economic sociology and organizational behavior
- forthcoming, July 2012. Climbing the Charts: How Songs Get to be Radio
Hits. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
- 2010. “I’d Like to Thank the Academy, Team Spillovers, and Network
Centrality” with Nicole Esparza and Phil Bonacich. American Sociological
- 2009. “Hollywood and Jerusalem: Christian Conservatives and the
Media.” in Steven Brint and Jean Schroedel. Conservative Christians and
American Democracy. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
- 2008. “Modeling Diffusion of Multiple Innovations via Multilevel Diffusion
Curves: Payola in Pop Music Radio” with Ming Ming Chiu and Joeri Mol.
Sociological Methodology 38:201–230.
- 2008. “By the Numbers: Lessons from Radio,” in William Ivey and Steven
Tepper. Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America’s
Cultural Life. New York: Routledge, 2008.
- 2008. “Changing Arts Audiences: Capitalizing on Omnivorousness” with
Richard A. Peterson, in William Ivey and Steven Tepper. Engaging Art:
The Next Great Transformation of America’s Cultural Life. New York:
- 2004. “Elites, Masses, and Media Blacklists: The Dixie Chicks
Controversy” Social Forces 83:61–78.
- 2000. co-editor, with Michael Suman. Advocacy Groups and the
Entertainment Industry. Westport, CT: Praeger. Also contributed
solo-authored chapter, “Hostile and Cooperative Advocacy.”
- 1997. “In Response to Donald Wildmon,” in Michael Suman (ed.). Religion
and Prime Time Television. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1997.
FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS AND HONORS
- 2011–2012. UCLA Senate Faculty Research Grant
- 2009–2011. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Industry Studies Fellow.
- 2007–2010. National Science Foundation, Program on Innovation and
Organizational Change, “Sustaining and Disruptive Innovation: Drawing
Lessons from the Radio Industry” (Award # SES-0724914)
- 2007–2008. Social Science Research Council, “Assessing the Impact of the
Spitzer Payola Investigation”
- 2006–2007. UCLA Senate Faculty Research Grant
- 2004–2005. Mellon Foundation Doctoral Fellow in Cultural Policy, through
the Princeton Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies
- 2003–2004. Woodrow Wilson Society of Fellows Awarded to Princeton
University graduate students in the social sciences whose work addresses
- 2003. Rockefeller Foundation Grant to Investigate Cultural Conflict,
through the Princeton Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies
- 2001–2003. Princeton University Graduate School Summer Research
Grants 1999-2003. Princeton University fellowship
- 2010. “FSX: Stata module to show names of files in compact
form (Unix-friendly defaults),” with Nicholas Cox, Statistical Software
Components S457194, Boston College Department of Economics.
- 2010. “DIFFUSION,” Net Logo User Community Models, Center for
Connected Learning, Northwestern University.
- 2010. “SHUFFLEVAR: Stata module to shuffle variables relative to the
rest of the dataset,” Statistical Software Components S457116, Boston
College Department of Economics.
- 2009. “GRAPHEXPORTPDF: Stata module to produce PDF graphics on
non-Windows systems,” Statistical Software Components S457036, Boston
College Department of Economics.
- 2009. “STATA2PAJEK: Stata module to export data to Pajek .net
format,” Statistical Software Components S457075, Boston College
Department of Economics.