M.A. Candidate – Class of 2020
I grew up in Portola Valley, California surrounded by Silicon Valley. I have been exposed to the interconnectivity of technology, law, and public policy all my life. My father is the founding partner of a law firm that represents and advises technology start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture funds that provide the capital for these enterprises. My grandfather was a lifelong advocate for civil rights in the State of Michigan, a friend of Rosa Parks, and the chair of the Michigan Welfare Reform Coalition. In the 1970s my grandfather co-chaired a successful effort to prevent the death penalty from becoming law in Michigan. I was fortunate to see how the judicial system can provide justice and how sound legislation can beneficially affect the lives of millions. This upbringing sparked my interest in politics, public policy, and societal structures. I completed my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan in the Sociology Honors Program. While at the University of Michigan, I completed a comprehensive research thesis on the impact of social media on the formation of masculine gender norms, focusing on the potential negative mental health aspects linked to social media usage and prevalence. As part of my work in these areas, I spent a summer taking classes in psychology at Stanford University’s Summer Session in 2018. I believe that my academic experiences have taught me how certain societal norms can vastly impact individuals, either mentally, physically, and/or financially in disparate communities.
I am interested in studying how communities are implementing more effective judicial processes and legislative practices to address the interconnectivity of our global economy, which requires consistency and uniformity. I believe that legislation is a powerful tool in restricting or emphasizing certain phenomena that may be deemed consistent or inconsistent with American values. Laws essentially determine which values are accepted and which are labeled as deviant in American society, must notably in victimless crimes. At Columbia, I am interested in researching how these judicial and legislative processes will help or harm various communities and affect privacy rights in a global, interconnected marketplace.
- University of Michigan, B.A. Sociology, 2019