As a sociologist, I write and teach about immigration, transnational politics, race and racialization, nonprofit organizations, and the sociology of music.
As a musician, I continuously challenge myself and work to improve my abilities as a guitarist and jazz improviser.
The Covid-19 Pandemic and Working Musicians in Greater New York City
Since 2020, I have been conducting a research study on the short-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on working-musicians in and around NYC. This is a multi-year mixed methods project. Presently I am starting the second phase of the research study in Summer 2023.
For this phase, I am looking to interview working musicians, venue owners, and managers. I am currently doing fieldwork and conducting these interviews in NYC and the surrounding metropolitan region.
I currently recruiting participants for qualitative interviews. If you are working musicians based in or around NYC and would like to share your personal experiences with the pandemic, please contact me at my university email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
My teaching philosophy emphasizes comparative thinking and analytical rigor using active-learning methods that promote inclusive diversity, hands-on research as well as strong oral and written communication. Logics of comparison and analyses of variation are central to sociological inquiry and I strive to deploy comparative perspectives in my undergraduate and doctoral-level courses. My approach to teaching is also informed by students’ feedback, which I integrate throughout the duration of course instruction. I welcome opportunities to mentor students by providing research apprenticeship experience and helping students think through post-graduation plans. I also routinely intertwine my research into my teaching and strive to cultivate intellectual curiosity and interest in sociological research.