I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
My research examines the fluctuating relationships between social identity, ideology, and interpersonal, socio-political action in contexts marked by war and violence. More simply, I study how people classify themselves and others, how these classification practices matter and change in times of war, and how they shape individuals’ behaviors and decision-making about violence. In using qualitative, historical, and experimental methods to craft falsifiable theories about violence, my research spans culture, politics, morality, identities, and conflict.
My book, Sacred Treason: Race, Religion, and The Holocaust in France, is currently under contract with Harvard University Press. Another book, the second Handbook of The Sociology of Morality, is under contract with Springer (co-authored with Shai Dromi and Steve Hitlin). My research has appeared in Political Power & Social Theory; Qualitative Sociology; Sociological Theory; Socius; European Journal of Sociology, and several other journals and edited volumes. I have also published numerous op-Eds and interviews in The Washington Post; New Yorker; LA Times; NY Times, and elsewhere. Prior to my time at UCLA, I worked in various capacities for USAID, United Nations CTED, Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies, and Facing History & Ourselves.