I am a doctoral candidate in the sociology department at Columbia University studying social norm reproduction in comedy.
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I earned my undergraduate degree from Harvard in 2007. I studied social anthropology and comparative religion and graduated magna cum laude. My senior thesis was based on two months of ethnographic field work at a mosque in Buenos Aires.
I then attended Cambridge University as a recipient of the Harvard-Cambridge Fellowship, where I obtained an MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures. My dissertation analyzed close readings of confessional video speech acts in internet vlogs, reality television, and personal documentary filmmaking.
Before beginning my course of study at Columbia, I worked for several years in New York City as a video editor, a freelance filmmaker, and an adjunct professor of film history at St. Francis College.
In addition to my written sociological work, I am also a documentary filmmaker. My first feature length documentary On The Cusp, Off The Cuff is a visual ethnographic study of the New York City improv comedy community and was an official selection of the 2013 Manhattan Film Festival.