Specialties: Economic Sociology; Consumerism; Culture; Inequality; Sociological Theory; Methods
I became a sociologist because sociology makes me happy. Sure, we often study and discuss themes that are less than cheerful (e.g., inequalities; violence; etc.). But at the end of the day sociology allows me to understand and be in touch with myself and people and events around me in ways that make everything more interesting, compelling, and relatable.
I also became a sociologist because it meant that I could spend the rest of my life working with and learning from students. Being able to share what motivates me about sociology with students is a joy, and the relationships I’ve developed and hope to continue developing with students have been profoundly meaningful.
I began teaching at Ithaca College in 2015. I hope to one day play second guitar in a traveling Grateful Dead tribute band and become a master woodworker. Until then, in my free time I enjoy cooking, baking, watches, indie folk, contemporary Bauhaus, soccer, podcasts, the paranormal, & TV dramas.
Introduction to Sociology
Sociological Inquiries (cornerstone course)
Rich and Poor in the U.S.
Shopping and Identity in the New Economy
Sociology of Money
Not For Sale? The Moral Limits of Markets
Ph.D. (2015) University of Texas at Austin
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