Hi ! I am Distinguished Professor of Arts & Sciences in Sociology at The Ohio State University. I earned a BA degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona, and MS and PhD degrees from North Carolina State University. My research and teaching interests center mostly around social inequality and power, with substantive interests especially in work, education, culture, social movements and politics.
I have published 90+ academic articles and book chapters on these and related topics in journals such as the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Sociology of Education, Mobilization, Work & Occupations, Work, Employment & Society, Academy of Management Review and Human Relations, as well as two books, The Face of Discrimination (2007) and The Voice of Southern Labor (2004). I am happy to share this work if interested.
I am currently working on two books and several other article-length projects surrounding work, inequality and discrimination and am also engaged in a large longitudinal and multi-method project on first-generation college students and mobility (for more info, click here: First-Generation Student Study) with Anne McDaniel, Executive Director of OSU’s Center for the Study of Student Life, and eight current OSU Sociology graduate students.
I am past president of the Southern Sociological Society and was Co-Editor of the American Sociological Review (2007-2009) with Randy Hodson. I am also founding Co-Editor with Toni Calasanti of Virginia Tech of Social Currents, the official journal of the Southern Sociological Society, which we edited for 5 years (2013-2018). Currently, I am chair of the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on First-Generation and Working Class Sociologists.
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