PhD Candidate, Sociology (2015-Present)
Advisor: Christopher A. Bail
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Advisor: Christopher A. Bail
Thesis: "Cultural Heterogeneity and Intimate Partner Violence in 17 Developing Countries"
University of Oxford
MSc, Evidence-based Social Intervention, Department of Social Policy and Intervention
Advisor: Evan Mayo-Wilson
Mark of Distinction on thesis
Thesis: “Center-based Day Care for Children Under-5 in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review”
Brigham Young University
BA, Humanities – Philosophy, minor Sociology
Magna Cum Laude (3.97 GPA overall)
Capstone: “The Ethic of Art-mediated Testimony: A Consideration of Memory and Atrocity”
Bail, Christopher A., Taylor W. Brown, and Marcus Mann. “Channelling Hearts and Minds: Advocacy Organizations, Cognitive-Emotional Currents, and Public Conversation on Social Media.” (Forthcoming, American Sociological Review)
Bail, Christopher A., Taylor W. Brown, and Andreas Wimmer. “Power, Proximity, and Prejudice: A Tardean Analysis of the Global Diffusion of Google Search Terms.” (Revise and Resubmit, American Journal of Sociology)
Brown TW & Roby J (2015). “Exploitation of Intercountry Adoption: Toward Common Understanding and Action.” Adoption Quarterly, 19:2, pp. 63-80(18).Book Chapters
Brown TW, Van Urk F, Mayo-Wilson E, Waller B. (2014) “Centre-based Day Care for Children Under-5 and their Families in Low- and Middle-income Countries (A Systematic Review).” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 9. Art. No. CD010543. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010543.pub2 (protocol and review). Impact Factor (2013): 5.939
Van Urk F, Brown TW, Mayo-Wilson E, Waller B. (2014) “Centre-based Day Care for Children Under-5 and their Families in High-income Countries (A Systematic Review).” Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD010544. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010544.pub2 (protocol and review). Impact Factor (2013): 5.939
Brown T (2008). “The Hegelian Poe.” Tabulae, Brigham Young University Press.
Roby J & Brown TW (2015). “Birth Parents as Victims of Trafficking in Intercountry Adoption” in The Intercountry Adoption Debate: Dialogues Across Disciplines. Eds Ballard B, Goodno N, Cochran R, Milbrandt J. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.In Progress
"Matthew and Matilda: Status Networks and Sustained Inequality in the Contemporary Art Market" (this study uses data on 60,000 artists, 1.1 million artworks, and a corpora of 100,000 art criticism texts)
"Balancing Prediction and Interpretation in Large-data Social Science: A Machine Learning Approach to the Study of Social Inequality"
"When Power Hurts: Community Norms of Masculinity and the Protective Influence of Female Empowerment Against Intimate Partner Violence in 44 Developing Countries."
"Gendered Returns to Academic Citation" (with Jim Moody)
"Measuring Morality and Social Action in Found Text Data: a Grounded Approach (with Steve Vaisey).
"The Effect of the Global Campaign Against Intimate Partner Violence on Individuals’ Attitudes in 37 Countries, 1998-2014" (with Jeffrey Swindle, Louisa Roberts, Taylor W. Brown and Katie Hauschildt)
“When Power Hurts: Community Norms of Masculinity and the Protective Influence of Female Empowerment Against Intimate Partner Violence in 44 Developing Countries”, ASA 2017 Section on Development’s Health and Inequalities around the Globe
“Winning Hearts and Minds: Advocacy Groups, Field Rhythms, and Social Media Bystanders”, American Sociological Association, 2015. (co-author presented)
“The Effect of the Global Campaign Against Intimate Partner Violence on Individuals’ Attitudes in 37 Countries, 1998-2014”, American Sociological Association, 2015. (co-author presented)
“The Effect of the Global Campaign Against Intimate Partner Violence on Individuals’ Attitudes in 37 Countries, 1998-2014”, Brown University, 2015. (co-author presented)
“Illicit Intercountry Adoption Practices: Sale of Children or Trafficking in persons?” International Forum on International Adoption & Global Surrogacy, ISS, The Hague Netherlands, August 11-14, 2014.
“Illicit Intercountry Adoption Practices: Sale of Children or Trafficking in persons?” International Social Work Conference on Children and Youth, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. June 24-25, 2013. (co-author presented)
“Intercountry Adoption – When and to Whom Does ‘Trafficking’ Apply.” Intercountry Adoption Conference, Pepperdine University, Feb 2013.
“The Hegelian Poe.” Symposium Humanitatum, Brigham Young University, Winter 2008.
ACADEMIC SERVICE & EXPERIENCE
National Science Foundation, Washington DC (16 months)HONORS & AWARDS
Science Assistant, Division of Social and Economic Sciences Programs (primary): Economics, Decision and Risk Management, and Science of OrganizationsConduct analyses and provide reports on the Division’s scientific programs * Assist Program Officers in the construction and management of panel meetings * Attend panel meetings and provide feedback on the completion of panel summaries * Work with Program Officers and Principal Investigators to produce high quality, scientifically accurate highlights and press releases of funded research * Read proposals for responsiveness to solicitations * Develop data and report on funding portfolios
Journal Reviewer: American Sociological Review; British Journal of Social Work; Systematic Reviews; Social Psychology and Personality Science; International Journal of Comparative Sociology
Research Assistant: Jim Moody (Present), Christopher A. Bail (2013-Present), Steve Vaisey (2015-Present), Neal Caren (2013)
Project co-lead: Scientific Social Network Analysis Project, with Jim Moody - 2016/Present
Teaching Assistant: Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (Russell Sage Foundation @ Princeton University) - 2017
Workshop coordinator: Text as Data (UNC/Duke) - 2015/Present
Course Aid: Scott Lynch - 1st Year Grad Stats - 2017
Senator: UNC Graduate and Professional Student Federation, Chapel Hill - 2014/15
Panelist: International Forum on International Adoption & Global Surrogacy, ISS, The Hague Netherlands (Thematic area: Force, Fraud & Coercion) - 2014
James B. Duke Fellowship, Duke University (2015-Present)
Distinction on Master's thesis, University of Oxford
Abrelia Clarissa Seely Hinckley ScholarMost prestigious undergraduate scholarship for juniors or seniors dedicated to academic excellence and community service, UndergraduateFull academic scholarship, Undergraduate
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Undergraduate
COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS & LANGUAGES
Large-scale text analysis
structural topic models, word embedding models, etc.
Google Cloud Platform
compute engine, cloudSQL, BigQuery, NLP
Amazon Mechanical Turk
Amazon Web Services*
Italian - High reading, moderate speaking/writing
French - Moderate reading, low speaking
ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
In addition completing an appointment at the National Science Foundation, I have assisted professors with research using large-scale quantitative textual analysis, multivariate regression, network analysis, and qualitative interviewing. I worked for six years as consultant and webmaster for an international NGO. I have also worked as a paralegal, in leadership capacities for women's organizations, and as a hospice volunteer. I have interned as an EMT assistant in Siena, Italy and as an interviewer working with teachers, children, and chiefs in rural Ghana for a report on village demographics (presented to NGO executives and the Ghanaian Ministry of Education).