Area(s) of Interest
Quantification and machine learning; religion and politics; social movements and legal mobilization; methodology.
The growing importance of data in contemporary life motivates my current research. My dissertation focuses on understanding the rise of machine learning. Through this I seek to uncover the epistemic assumptions and cultural values that shape the forms of knowledge and expertise through which we analyze data. Beyond my dissertation research, I am also interested in data collection, privacy, and resistance. With Sidney Tarrow, I am exploring the emergence of a transatlantic movement for privacy.
I have also been concerned by religious influence in politics. While finishing my master’s degree in law, I conducted research on the conservative legal mobilization against LGBT rights in Colombia. Through my research in Colombia, I realized the rising importance of Evangelicals, which, in turn, drove me to one of my most recent projects on the breakdown of the Catholic order in Latin America since 1970.