I am a postdoc scholar at the Data Science Institute (DSI) and adjunct assistant professor at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. I obtained my doctoral degree in sociology from Cornell University with a focus on economic sociology and organizational theory and received B.A. in sociology and economics from Tsinghua University.
My work focuses on strategic communication in organizations. My first research stream emphasizes how organizations use language to gain an advantage in different contexts such as social media, earnings conferences, and interactions with venture capital firms. I view language as an essential tool that firms use to gain the support of various stakeholders, expanding the behavioral theory of the firm. A second budding research stream examines language as an artifact of organizational culture and reputation. I study the relationship between a firm's culture and its financial decisions and reputation. My analyses heavily rely on natural experiments and computational and natural language processing tools. I also work closely with peers at the Knowledge Lab.
My teaching interests include strategic management, organizational theory, and entrepreneurship. I taught strategic management to sophomores at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder prior to UChicago. At Booth, I now teach an MBA class on organizational culture and strategic management.