Associate Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology Anthropology and Social Work
My scholarship is driven by questions central to the critical tradition in social theory: How do we advance—as a society and global community—toward a more equal, peaceful and sustainable future? What are the obstacles and opportunities in this regard? Grappling with these concerns suggests that intersecting political-economic and social-psychological factors are decisive. Historically-inherited power relations within the broader capitalist economy are a major consideration. Yet critically important from the standpoint of constructing a response is to examine people’s social identities and consciousness. Such concerns animated my investigation of global factory workers’ attitudes toward the fairness of their wages in my dissertation and published research.
My current work examines the roots of social scientific controversies. The takeaway from such research is that fostering consensus regarding social problems is bedeviled by people’s conflicting moral intuitions and social identities. It is my hope that understanding our social psychological tendencies in the context of broader political-economic forces holds significant promise toward building a more sustainable future.
- Ph.D., University of Kansas
- M.A., University of Kansas
- B.A., Clark University
"Gender and Politics in the Units of Selection Debate." Biological Theory, 10(2), 145-155, Springer, June 2015.
"Whither the Blank Slate? A Report on the Reception of Evolutionary Biological Ideas among Sociological Theorists." Sociological Spectrum, 34(6), 489-509, October 2014.
"When Capitalism is the Social Problem: Crafting Radical Truths Sensitively and Strategically in the Classroom." Journal of Social Justice 2, 1-16, Transformative Studies Institute, January 2012.
"Maquiladora Production, Rising Expectations, and Alterglobalization Strategy." Critical Sociology, 35(5), 677-688, Sage, September 2009.
"Critical Pedagogy and Ethics: An Epic 4-Quadrant Model." Book chapter from David Boje (ed.) Critical Theory Ethics for Business and Public Administration, 347-372, Information Age Publishing, September 2008.
"In the Eye of the Beholder: The Social Construction of Injustice along the Mexico-U.S. Border." Journal of Borderlands Studies, 21(2), 21-43, January 2006.