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I am a sociology PhD candidate at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. I received my BA in psychology (2008) and MA in sociology (2012) from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. My master’s thesis examined the ways in which Iranian political activists and opposition members engaged in symbolic communication in cyberspace during the post-election political unrest in 2009.

My current research interests include culture, organizations, and computational social science. Recently, I co-authored a paper that examined how critics construct progressive rock’s heritage through online reviews.

My dissertation examines the network structure and geographic diffusion of translocal underground music scenes (e.g., metal music) using computational methods (e.g., social network analysis, temporal SNA models, machine learning, and digital data extraction techniques).

In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar, coding, and reviewing/photographing concerts for music publications.