Education
Princeton University, Ph.D. Sociology, 2015 
Princeton University, M.A. Sociology, 2009 
Columbia University, B.A. Sociology, 2006

Ph.D. Thesis
Hustle: Social Order in Extralegal Exchange
     Committee: Miguel Centeno (Chair), Mitchell Duneier, Viviana Zelizer 
     Readers: Paul DiMaggio; Janet Vertesi 

Books Under Contract
Discipline: A Sociological Investigation (with Miguel Centeno) Princeton University Press

Books in Progress
Hustles (represented by Jeff Silberman, Folio Literary Management)

Academic Journal Publications
Ferguson, Rachael. 'Offline 'stranger' and online lurker: Methods for an ethnography of illicit transactions on the darkness.' Qualitative Research special issue on 'Qualitative Methods and Data in Digital Societies'

Trade Publications
'Inside One Of The World's Largest Refugee Camps, Rohingya Women Can't Escape Trauma' Huffington Post (December 21, 2017)
'The Digital Underground: Here's How You Can Buy Drugs on Social Media, Right Now' Complex Magazine (June 17, 2016)
'The Wide World of Bookies: Splitting the odds of the American Dream' VICE Magazine (March, 2014)

Presentations
'Identity, Authenticity and Trust on Darknet Marketplaces' Mozilla, Mountain View (& global broadcast). August 3 2017 
'Trust and Trustworthiness on Darknet Drug Marketplaces' University of California Los Angeles, Ethnography Working Group. March 10 2016 
'Fiend or Fed? Trust on the Deep Web' Guest lecture, Princeton University WWS351/COS351 'Information Technology & Public Policy', April 1 2015. Professors Paul DiMaggio & Edward Felten
'Virtual Ethnography & Observing Trust in Illicit Deep Web Transactions’ Princeton University Productive Scholar Series. November 6, 2014
'"Fiend" or "Fed"? Choosing partners for illicit transactions on the Deep Web' ASA Annual Meeting, San Francisco. August 16 2014
'Ethnography' Guest lecture, Princeton University Program in Urban Studies: Research Methods Symposium. November 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
'Breaking Bits: Choosing partners for illicit transactions on the Deep Web' Princeton Interdisciplinary Research Symposium. October 20, 2013. 
'Degenerates, Schnooks, and Snitches: Demeanor and Control in a Mob Bookie Wireroom' ASA Annual Meeting, New York City. August 12, 2013

Grants, Awards, Fellowships, Honors
David A. Gardner '69 Magic Project in the Council of the Humanities. Summer 2016
250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education. Summer 2015
McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning, Preceptor Mentoring Lunch Fund. Spring 2015
Center for the Study of Social Organization Research Award, Princeton University, 2011-2012
Marvin Bressler Graduate Student Teaching Award, Princeton University, 2009
National Science Foundation honorable mention 2007, 2008  
Fieldwork Travel Grant, Woodrow Wilson / PIIRS, Princeton University, 2006
Graduate Fellowship, Princeton University, 2006-2011

Service
Faculty Athletic Fellow, Men's Basketball. Princeton University, 2015-
Faculty Athletic Fellow, Women's Lacrosse. Princeton University, 2015-2017
Faculty Fellow, Mathey College. Princeton University, 2015-2017
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Faculty Mentor, Princeton University, 2015-16
Assistant to Undergraduate Departmental Representative (Professor Paul Willis, 2012-14; Professor Robert Wuthnow, 2014-15)
Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP). Instructor in Sociology, Summer 2013
LEDA Scholars Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute, Teacher/Facilitator, Summer 2012
Assistant to Professor Mitchell Duneier, 2011-2012
Sociology Graduate Student Advisory Council, Princeton University, 2006-2007
Reviews for American Journal of Sociology; Studies in Media and Communications; Ethnography

Teaching & Advising

2016-2017
SOC 300: Claims and Evidence in Sociology (34 junior concentrators)
SOC 233: Hustles and Hustlers (457 undergraduate students; 2 graduate students; 15 community auditors)
Freshman Seminar: Discipline (co-taught with Miguel Centeno)
Adviser for 18 Junior Thesis projects

2015-2016
SOC 300: Claims and Evidence in Sociology (37 junior concentrators)
SOC 233: Hustles and Hustlers (424 undergraduate students; 1 graduate student; 15 community auditors)
Freshman Seminar: Discipline (co-taught with Miguel Centeno)
Adviser for 20 Junior Thesis projects

2014-2015
SOC 300: Claims and Evidence in Sociology (37 junior concentrators)
SOC 233: Hustles and Hustlers (195 undergraduate students; 19 community auditors)
Adviser for 15 Junior Thesis projects

2013-2014
Adviser for 15 Junior Thesis projects
SOC 250: The Western Way of War, Teaching Assistant (Professor Miguel Centeno)
SOC 300: Claims and Evidence in Sociology, Teaching Assistant (Professors King-To Yeung & Paul Willis)

2012-2013
Adviser for 15 Junior Thesis projects
Senior Thesis Writing Seminar
SOC 250: The Western Way of War, Teaching Assistant (Professor Miguel Centeno)
SOC 300: Claims and Evidence in Sociology, Teaching Assistant (Professors King-To Yeung & Paul Willis)

2011-2012
Adviser for 16 Junior Thesis projects
SOC 216: The Ghetto, Teaching Assistant (Professor Terry Williams)
SOC 300: Claims and Evidence in Sociology, Teaching Assistant (Professors King-To Yeung and Paul Willis)

2008-2009
SOC 300: Claims and Evidence in Sociology, Teaching Assistant (Professor King-To Yeung)

2007-2008
SOC 201: American Society and Politics, Teaching Assistant (Professor Paul Starr)
SOC 100: The Sociological Perspective, Teaching Assistant (Professors Mitchell Duneier and Devah Pager)