Taylor Whitten Brown

Sociology PhD Candidate, Duke University

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Duke University (2nd year), with an MA in sociology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an MSc in evidence-based social intervention from the University of Oxford. I am currently away from my department, being hosted by INCITE at Columbia University while I conduct research in NYC.

I study how group inequalities persist within markets despite cultural change. Specifically, I focus on gender inequality and the role of status systems in sustaining disparity. I'm also very involved with the discipline of computational social science and its application to social media studies. My MSc focused on the design and evaluation of randomized-controlled trials (@DSPI_Oxford), and my MA focused on community norm consensus and its link to individual behavior--specifically intimate partner violence.

Before starting my PhD, I fulfilled an appointment at the National Science Foundation in Washington DC. I have also worked in international development, completed internships in Italy and in Ghana, and served in leadership positions for a number of women's organizations.  

 

On a personal note, I enjoy witnessing and creating art (see About Me).

EDUCATION

Duke University
   PhD Candidate, Sociology (2015-Present)
      Advisor: Christopher A. Bail


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
   MA, Sociology
      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”





PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

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).

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.


Book Chapters
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)



PRESENTATIONS

“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)
Science Assistant, Division of Social and Economic Sciences Programs (primary): Economics, Decision and Risk Management, and Science of Organizations
Conduct analyses and provide reports on the Division’s scientific programs * Assist Program Officers in the construction and management of panel meetings Ÿ* Attend panel meetings and provide feedback on the completion of panel summaries Ÿ* Work with Program Officers and Principal Investigators to produce high quality, scientifically accurate highlights and press releases of funded research Ÿ* Read proposals for responsiveness to solicitations Ÿ * 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



HONORS & AWARDS

James B. Duke Fellowship, Duke University (2015-Present)

Distinction on Master's thesis, University of Oxford

Abrelia Clarissa Seely Hinckley Scholar
Most prestigious undergraduate scholarship for juniors or seniors dedicated to academic excellence and community service, Undergraduate
Full academic scholarship, Undergraduate

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Undergraduate


COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS & LANGUAGES
Languages

R

Python

Stata

SQL

Markdown

LaTeX*

JavaScript*

CSS*

HTML*
Analytics

Multivariate/Multilevel Statistics

Large-scale text analysis
structural topic models, word embedding models, etc.

Network Analysis

Webscraping

Experimental methods

Platforms / Databases

GitHub

Google Cloud Platform
compute engine, cloudSQL, BigQuery, NLP


Amazon Mechanical Turk

MongoDB*

Amazon Web Services*

Adobe Suite*

* implies "basic" skill level

SPOKEN LANGUAGES

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).