I am a fourth-year PhD student in sociology at UCLA. I am broadly interested in how communication technologies shape taboo behavior and the ways we come to think about it in everyday life. By “taboo behavior,” I refer to cultural prohibitions that range from the mundane disclosing of how much money you make at a dinner party to legally enforced proscriptions, such as not to use it to bribe a police officer. My research seeks to unravel the interactional mechanisms whereby social actors attempt to control the damaging effects of scandalous acts on self-perception and social solidarity.
My doctoral research focuses on money talk and illicit economic activities. In my dissertation, I use data from a recent corruption scandal in Peru to study the interactional structures that organize collusion, shedding light into the practical dimensions of government corruption and clientelistic networks. In 2018, a leak of 60,000 police wiretaps to the press gave rise to systematic media exposure of several cases of conspiracy and influence trafficking between Peruvian magistrates, politicians, and corporate executives. I use legal proceedings, investigative reports, and an unedited collection of wiretapped phone calls to understand how collusive behavior gets organized in the doing and exposing of corruption.
Between 2014 and 2016, I worked as an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Humanities at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Drawing from conversation analysis, sociocultural linguistics and (critical) discourse analysis, I developed and taught courses that explored language in social context.
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