My current research focuses on higher education, especially issues related to the comprehensive college. I am also involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning, with a particular focus on educational justice for first-generation college students. In addition, I am interested in writing about sociology for broader audiences, including both pedagogical resources and broad-access publications. My earlier body of research focused on social movements, particularly contentious action and social change within colleges and universities.
"Waking Yourself Up: The Liberatory Potential of Critical University Studies." (with Scott Renshaw). Radical Teacher 108, 2017.
"How Higher Education Shapes The Workforce: A Study of Rhode Island College Graduates." (with Francis Leazes, Jr.). TheCollaborative Research Brief.
"Mapping the Network of North American Colleges and Universities: A New Approach to Empirically Derived Classifications." In Berman and Paradeise, The University Under Pressure: Research in the Sociology of Organizations, V. 46. Abstract available. For earlier work on this project, click here.
"Teaching Progress: A Critique of the Grand Narrative of Human Rights as Pedagogy for Marginalized Students" (with Robyn Linde). Radical Teacher 103, 2015.
"Who are the Insiders? Faculty and Students as Activists." Presented at the Thematic Session on Campus Activism at the Making Connections: Movements and Research in a Global Context" workshop of the American Sociological Association Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2011.
"The Neglected Virtues of Comparative Historical Methods." In Zake and DeCesare, New Directions in Sociology: Essays on Theory and Methodology in the 21st Cenury, 2011, McFarland. For more information or to buy online, see the McFarland book profile.
"The Spectre of Class: Educating and Advising for Self-Efficacy," Issues in Teaching and Learning 6. Read online.
"Resurrecting Smelser: Collective Power, Generalized Beleif, and Hegemonic Spaces." Theory in Action 2:4, 2009. Abstract available.
"Thinking Outside the Master's House: New Knowledge Movements and the Emergence of Academic Disciplines." Social Movement Studies 8:1, 2009. (Available to subscribers from InformaWorld).
"Conflict, Controversy, and Collective Actionin the Collegiate Curriculum," Cornell University Institute for the Social Sciences Textbook Controversies Workshop, Feburary 8, 2008 (conference paper available).