The United States today is characterized by extreme and increasing inequality, racial conflict, political polarization and gridlock.  Citizens lack influence over decisionmakers, who prioritize the interests of elites.

Are nonprofit social movement organizations the answer?  Can they save democracy?


My research suggests the answer is no, because non-profit social movement organizations are controlled by and beholden to the same elite interests they nominally contest.

My dissertation shows how the “non-profit industrial complex” (NPIC) is a system whereby foundations control social movement organizations and distort their mission to organize ordinary people and challenge corporate power.

This work won the 2018 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Dissertation Award from the Collective Behavior and Social Movements section of the American Sociological Association.


I am currently a lecturer at Ohio State and teach four courses each semester.

In Spring 2019, I am teaching:

SOC 2300: Sociology of Culture and Popular Culture (online)

SOC 3467: Sociology of Religion (online)

SOC 3460: Environmental Justice

SOC 3463: Social Stratification


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