I am a cultural sociologist interested in the role of talk in everyday life with a particular focus on how conversations shape political and economic dimensions of social practice. My work spans the fields of conversation analysis, economic sociology, and media studies.
I am currently a PhD candidate in sociology at UCLA. In my dissertation, I use a massive leak of wiretapped calls between highest-ranking magistrates in Peru to explore the everyday social life of political corruption in the largest scandal in the history of the country’s judiciary.
In my research, I approach conversation as sites for social coordination accomplished in and through talk and other conduct in real-time interaction and as episodes of social life that can be retrieved from memory, referred to at future occasions, and recorded and circulated using different technologies. My research looks at the tensions between these two broad forms of social practice and, more broadly, how the digital zeitgeist has transformed our conversational practices and perceptions of talk.
Between 2014 and 2016, I worked as an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Humanities at PUCP. Drawing from conversation analysis, sociocultural linguistics and (critical) discourse analysis, I developed and taught courses that explored language in social context.