About me...

I am an Associate Professor of Sociology at Northern Illinois University. My research and teaching pursuits are at the intersection of cultural sociology and urban sociology. I am particularly interested in how individuals find and maintain meaning in their everyday lives. My recent research includes a multi-year ethnography on the new urban sport of parkour, an analysis of tax talk among small business owners, and a qualitative study of College Republicans. Beyond academia, I am an avid connoisseur of vegan desserts and (perhaps somewhat contradictorily) an ardent proponent of physical fitness.