Researcher in Social Policy, University of York

I joined the University of York in April 2017 to support Dr. Kevin Farnsworth’s Corporate Welfare Watch project. From 2014‒16 I was a funded Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society in Graz, Austria where I worked on a multifaceted research project focused on the popularity and hidden costs of Apple products. Prior to that, I worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of sociology at Pomona College, located in Claremont, California, USA.

I hold a BA in sociology from Pomona College and an MA and PhD in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I have published extensively in a variety of outlets on consumer culture, fair trade and ethical sourcing systems, and labour and environmental issues within global electronics supply chains.

A public sociologist, most of my written work is published in publicly accessible digital outlets, including Contexts, Sociological Images, Truthout, and Alternet. In addition, I am a social science writer for ThoughtCo, the largest educational resource on the web.


  • –present
    Researcher in Social Policy, University of York


  • 2011 
    University of California-Santa Barbara, PhD in Sociology