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I am an Assistant 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 three-year ethnography of bike messengers, an analysis of emotional performances by politicians, interviews with small business owners about tax policies, and a qualitative study of parkour. Beyond academia, I am an avid connoisseur of vegan desserts and (perhaps somewhat contradictorily) an ardent proponent of physical fitness.

   
Vegan caramel crunch torte from the Chicago Diner