I am a fourth-year PhD student in sociology at UCLA. I am broadly interested in the way language and other communication technologies affect the way we think about, assess, and strategically deal with disreputable acts in everyday social interaction. My research focuses on taboo circumvention and the politics of exposure in legal and news media contexts. My data comes from recordings of naturally occurring interactions, spoken and written personal and journalistic accounts, and traces of digital behavior on different media which I collect and analyze through a combination of qualitative methods.
For my doctoral research, I work with a collection of wiretapped telephone conversations leaked as part of a recent and heavily mediatized corruption scandal in Peru’s Judiciary. Altogether, my dissertation aims to untangle concealment and exposure of corruption as social processes carried out through the interplay of evidence, common knowledge, and language use. The dissertation chapters explore (1) investigative reporters’ organized methods to make sense of corruption and manufacture corrupt accusations, (2) corrupt individuals’ practices to carry out and conceal explicit reference to corrupt acts, and (3) their leveraging of social ties to define different kinds of corruption and corrupt exchange. My work brings together scholarships on language and social interaction, economic exchange, and moral and mundane reasoning in sociology, anthropology, and cognitive science.
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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