I’m an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. My research focuses on the role of experts, professionals, and intellectuals in modern societies. A book based on my study of the history and impact of “think tanks” in the US, Think Tanks in America, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2012. I have also written or co-written academic articles on “public intellectualism” and the American conservative movement. My work has appeared in journals such as Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, the Annual Review of Sociology, Politics & Society, Public Culture, and Qualitative Sociology.

Before joining the UCSD faculty in 2008, I received a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2007 to 2008, I was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell University.