Welcome. I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in their Strategy group. I got my PhD in 2016 from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business in their Management & Organization department.
My research program centers around how meaning structures—collective and taken-for-granted mental models, categories, or institutions—emerge, change, and influence collective and individual action. I tend to use language as a window into studying these processes, and rely on a combination of archival work, content analysis, and lab experiments. Much of my research examines these considerations in a financial market context, with empirical studies involving the Federal Reserve, initial public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. My research has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied (among others).
My dissertation work has recently received attention as well. This work investigates what happens when the Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve explicitly reaffirms the taken-for-granted assumptions underlying their monetary policy framework. While such efforts are usually made to reinforce the institution, I theorized and showed that they actually destabilize the institution and create collective uncertainty by reopening the very considerations that people take for granted. This work won the 2017 Louis Pondy Best Dissertation Paper Award, was runner up at the 2015 INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition, was identified as a finalist (to be announced August 2017) for the Wiley Blackwell Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research Award, and was nominated for the William H. Newman Award for Best Paper Based on a Dissertation.