I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
My research focuses on how organizations and institutions navigate unexpected disruptions and uncertain futures, especially in the context of the growing costs of climate change and related natural disasters. My teaching interests include Economic Sociology, Organizational Theory, Sociology of Risk, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Research Methods, Political Economy, and Sociological Theory.
My dissertation combines quantitative and qualitative methods to explain the transformation of homeowner insurance systems in response to intensifying hurricane shocks along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coast between 1991 and 2013.
Other projects investigate the effects of worsening wildfires on insurance and property markets in the U.S., and technological, organizational, and regulatory innovations aimed at resolving climate change-related (insurance) market failures.
In a past life, I worked as a management consultant restructuring near-bankrupt companies in Germany, and as a leveraged finance banker in London where I directly witnessed the build up and collapse of the mortgage and private equity market.