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.


Selected Publications

*"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).

* "Social Movements in Organizations." Sociology Compass 2:3, 2008.