I am an assistant professor of sociology at New York University Abu Dhabi. Previously, I have been a Fung Global Fellow at Princeton University's Institute for International and Regional Studies, a visiting research scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and a postdoctoral researcher at NYU Abu Dhabi. 


Curriculum vitae

daniel [dot] karell [at] nyu [dot] edu

My research focuses on the dynamics of social contention. This contention may be violent, such as insurgent attacks in contemporary Afghanistan, or more subtle, as when labor migrants and employment brokers negotiate contract terms under information asymmetries. I am especially interested in how social relationships, rhetoric, and morality shape contention. I currently employ network analyses, computational methods, and digital field experiments in my research, while drawing on insights gained during fieldwork in Afghanistan, Morocco, and Pakistan. I teach courses on research design and computational textual analysis for the social sciences.



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How does the recruitment of labor migrants work? To better understand the process of recruitment, I am conducting a networked digital field experiment in Pakistan to trace the exchange of information, formation of relationships, and evolution of expectations as labor migrants and employment brokers interact.

The project is supported by funding from the Research & Empirical Analysis of Labor Migration Program.