I am a PhD student in sociology at UCLA.  I am broadly interested in how communication technologies shape our ideas about the moral limits of market economies and exchange, and how different forms of talk facilitate or hinder participation in problematic/disreputable transactions.  My research combines sociological theories on economic behavior and human communication to understand the social organization of morality, in general, and exchange taboos, in particular, in everyday social life.   

In my dissertation, I use data from the mediatization of a recent corruption scandal in Peru to explore the social structures that shape public understandings of collusion, shedding light into the practical dimensions of clientelism and political 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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