Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
On Sabbatical Spring 2017 Semester
Dammann Hall, Room G9
I regularly offer two required courses for the Sociology major: Introduction to Sociology and Classical Social Theory. Additionally, I teach a series of courses on environmental issues: Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Food, Animals & Society, and Environmental Social Movements. Other electives I offer include Contemporary Social Theory, Youth Subcultures, History of Social Action, and Social Theory through the Arts (a Castle Scholars Honors Program seminar). I serve as the Director of the Castle Scholars Honors Program at Manhattanville College.
My research focuses on culture and social movements, specifically in cultural analyses of social movements and social movement analyses of contentious subcultures. I am interested in the role culture plays in constraining and enabling collective action, as well as how activists attempt to change culture. Topically, I study issues concerning animals, food, and the environment. I recently published a book on the animal rights movement in France and the United States, and in past projects I've studied veganism, punk, pro-anorexia websites, as well as researcher subjectivity and reflexivity. My current research project focuses on birding as an environmental hobby.