Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of Toronto
“I believe... that theories of the middle range hold the largest promise, provided that the search for them is coupled with a pervasive concern with consolidating special theories into more general sets of concepts and mutually consistent propositions.”
- Robert Merton
What I Do
My research is animated by two complementary aims. First, I examine how work in cultural sociology and social psychology can be synthesized to develop better models of human action, focusing particularly on values, identities, and dual-process cognition. Second, I explore the sources and behavioral consequences of different moral cultures.
I also am interested in religion and quantitative methods. In the past I have published on rural churches and clergy health.
Website last updated: December 14, 2015
New Paper on Missing Data Analysis: Obtaining Predictions from Models Fit to Mulitply Imputed Data
Multiple imputation is a good way to handle missing data, but working with models fit to multiply imputed data can be a pain. This paper offers a simple approach obtaining model-based predictions from models fit to multiply imputed data. Be sure to see the appendix for code files in Stata and R.
New Paper on Values: The (Re)genesis of Values: Examining the Importance of Values for Action
This paper demonstrates that values predict a variety of behaviors across national contexts and operate in a way that is consistent with dual-process models of cognition.
This paper compares the predictive power of four prominent theories of morality for explaining differences in left-right political orientation.