I am a second-year PhD student in sociology at UC Berkeley. My research interests include the Internet, sports, and gender. Most importantly, I believe we critique what we love.
While my personal statement is still true, I am currently most inspired by Aaron Swartz, who I believe to be the best sociologist of our time. If you want to know why, watch The Internet's Own Boy.
I am a sociologist because it is my art: "What happens [in sociology] matters, not in the way that food matters but as poetry does to some people and alcohol does to others: it engages the personality. It has conflict and beauty, and when those two qualities are present together in something offered for public appraisal they represent much of what I understand to be art." (Arthur Hopcraft)