My core research agenda is to develop an understanding of the institutional and relational processes that generate inequality in various dimensions of social life. Substantively, my research areas include Social Stratification, Economy and Society, Race and Ethnicity.
The first stream of my research examines the connection between the rise of finance and growing inequality in the United States. I find that that
the financialization of the US economy led to declining labor's share of
income, growing executive compensation, widening earnings dispersion, stagnant
employment growth, lower value-added, and higher earnings premium for elite
financial workers. This project is supported by the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
The second stream of my research focuses on interaction and network formation in cyberspace. Specifically, I examine how social boundaries are produced and reproduced in the online dating setting.
My most recent research project explores the social and organizational determinants of employment-based health insurance. This project is supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality and the Texas Federal Statistics Data Center.