I joined the Department of Sociology in 2018 after working at New York University and Hunter College, the City University of New York. Funded by the British Academy, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Council for European Studies, my research focuses on punishment and the governance of migration as sites for conceptualizing inequality, citizenship, and legality, and engages with socio-legal studies, critical criminology, and scholarship on discourse and new media. This historical and ethnographic work situates legal systems in Spain and North Africa as sites of cultural contact, examining both how state power operates through scientific and legal categories—as well as how forms of commerce, commons, and confraternities in Mediterranean societies built alternative forms of political engagement. My second project turns to the legacies of transnational cultural and economic networks bridging Spain and North Africa as they intersect with new national and international governance frameworks for the region.
A related project, Linguistic Mediation and Social Media, analyzes the communicative labor of constructing viewer-influencer relationships on social media as critical to conceptualizing how certain types of emotion, including fear and anger, circulate on- and offline.