Hi. I'm an associate professor of sociology at University of California, San Diego. My research has focused on the relationship between knowledge and politics, particularly questions like, What does it mean, practically speaking, to be an intellectual in political life today? My book Think Tanks in America (University of Chicago Press, 2012) looks at the emergence of an "industry" of policy analysis, advice, and rhetoric in the US over the last century. I've also written or co-written articles on topics like "public intellectualism" (in quotes because the meaning of this term is something people argue and struggle over) and the contemporary American conservative movement.
My work has appeared in journals like Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, the Annual Review of Sociology (w/ Neil Gross and Rupert Russell), Politics & Society, and Qualitative Sociology. And it has been referred to, albeit fleetingly, in media outlets like Bookforum, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Forbes, Public Books, USA Today, the Washington Monthly, and the Washington Post.
Before joining the UCSD faculty in 2008, I received a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2007 to 2008, I was a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University's Institute for the Social Sciences.