PERSONAL:

Born:   June 2, 1969
New York City

Citizenship:  United States

Family:   Married, two children

EMPLOYMENT:

2011-   Professor of Sociology, Framingham State University.

2006-2011  Associate Professor of Sociology, Framingham State University.

2002-2006  Assistant Professor of Sociology, Framingham State College.

1999-2002  Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College.

1998-99  Visiting Lecturer, Sociology, Northwestern University.

EDUCATION:

1998   Ph.D., Sociology, Northwestern University.

1994   M.A., Sociology, Northwestern University.

1991 B.A. Summa Cum Laude, Sociology, Amherst College.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:

Social Inequality  Social Problems, American culture  Technology & Society

POPULAR WRITING

2011.     “An Overview of the Showcase.” Root Cause Blog, http://www.rootcause.org/blog/guest-blog-an-overview-showcase

2011.     “Creating Lasting Success and Economic Impact.” Root Cause Blog, http://www.rootcause.org/blog/guest-blog-creating-lasting-success-and-economic-impact

2010.     “Fighting Poverty.” MetroWest Daily News, August 29th.

2007.     “Framingham State College Discovered an Inconvenient Truth” (With    Virginia Rutter). Footnotes October.

BOOKS:

Forthcoming.     Investing in Opportunity for All: How You Can Help Restore the American Dream.

2008.     Academic Street Smarts: Informal Socialization of Graduate Students in Sociology. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association. (with David Shulman).

2008.     Social Problems: Readings. New York: W.W. Norton.

2006.     Unequal Partnerships: Beyond the Rhetoric of Philanthropic Collaboration. New York: Routledge.

SCHOLARLY ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS:

2010.     “Constructing Problems by Promoting Solutions: Corporate Advertisements about U.S. Poverty.” Journal of Poverty 14(3): 347-67. (With Mary-Ellen Boyle).

2010.     Role Transitions, Objects, and Identity.” In Sociological Odyssey: Contemporary Readings in Introductory Sociology.” Edited by Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage.

2007.     “Disentangling Class from Philanthropy: The Double-Edged Sword of Alternative Giving.” Included within a special issue of Critical Sociology about “Foundation Influence on Culture, Society, and Politics.” 33(3): 541-53.

2005.     “Demystifying the Hidden Magic of Producing Sociologists.” (With David Shulman) In special issue of The American Sociologist on “Informal Graduate School Training in Sociology” (Organized with David Shulman).

2005.    “Living up to the Promise of Collaboration: Foundations and Community Organizations as Partners in the Revitalization of Poor Neighborhoods.” Chapter 8 in Foundations for Social Change: Critical Perspectives on Philanthropy and Popular Movements, Edited by Daniel Faber and Deborah McCarthy. New York: Rowman and Littlefield.

2005.    “Mobilizing Money Strategically: Grantee Agency, the Funding Dilemma, and Social Change Philanthropy” (With Susan Ostrander and Deborah McCarthy). Chapter 10 in Foundations for Social Change: Critical Perspectives on Philanthropy and Popular Movements, Edited by Daniel Faber and Deborah McCarthy. New York: Rowman and Littlefield.

2005.     “Poverty, Partnerships, and Privilege: Elite Institutions and Community Empowerment” (With Mary-Ellen Boyle). City and Community 4(3): 233-53.     *** Received 2006 prize for best published faculty research from the Poverty, Class, and Inequality section of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

2004.     “Negotiating the Antipoverty Agenda: Foundations, Community Organizations, and Comprehensive Community Initiatives.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 33(4):606-27.

2004.    “Implicit Versus Explicit Professional Training in Sociology: The Role of Informal Professional Structures on Career Success” (With David Shulman). Footnotes December, page 6.

2004.     The syllabi for my Social Problems and Sociology of Organizations courses were included within a handbook published by the American Sociological Association entitled Critical Thinking in the Sociology Classroom.

2003.     “The Business of Becoming a Professional Academic: Unpacking the Hidden Curriculum of Graduate School.” American Sociologist 34(3):56-72. (With David Shulman)

2001.     “Strategically Legitimizing Philanthropists’ Identity Claims: Community Organizations as Key Players in the Making of Corporate Social Responsibility.” Sociological Perspectives 44(2):233-52.

2001.     “Poverty Reform through Private Philanthropic Initiative.” Society 38:2 (January/February):28-32

1999.     “Exercising Social Control through Good Works: Philanthropists and Community Organizations Collaborating to Address Poverty amidst Fears of Riots.” Working Paper, The Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector Research Fund.

1998.     “Teaching Social Theory through Students’ Participant-Observation.” Teaching Sociology 26(4):347-53. (With Gina Perez)

1998.     “Buying an Activist Identity: Reproducing Class through Social Movement Philanthropy.” Sociological Perspectives 41(2):303-21.     *** Received award for Best Graduate Student Published Paper from the American Sociological Association Section on Collective Behavior and Social movements.

1997.     “Constructing ‘Social Change’ Through Philanthropy: Boundary Framing and the Articulation of Vocabularies of Motives for Social Movement Participation.” Sociological Inquiry 67(4):488-503.

1996.     “Role Transitions, Objects, and Identity.” Symbolic Interaction 19(1): 1-20.

1996.     “Sociology TAs.” Pp. 233-74 in Helping New TAs Teach Successfully:  A Collection of Workshops for New Teaching Assistants, Volume 2, Edited by J.K. Norman. Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University.

1993.     “Marketing Authenticity in Third World Countries.” Annals of Tourism Research 20(2):302-318.

1993.     “Alternative Doesn’t Always Mean Responsible: Good Ecotourism Supports Indigenous Cultures.” Utne Reader, March/April:84-85.

1992.     “Truth and Travel: Alternative Tourism Isn’t Always Responsible Tourism.” Cultural Survival Quarterly 16(2):54-59.

BOOK REVIEWS:

2005.     Brief History of Social Problems: A Critical Thinking Approach, Edited by Frank J. McVeigh and Loreen Wolfer, Contemporary Sociology. 34(6): 665-66.

2002.     Voluntary Organizations and Social Policy in Britain, Edited by Margaret Harris and Colin Rochester, Contemporary Sociology 31(4):423-24.

1999.     Social Movements and their Supporters, by Mark Drakeford, American Journal of Sociology 105(1):265-66.

1999.     No Middle Ground: Women and Radical Protest, Edited by Kathleen M. Blee, Contemporary Sociology 28(3):339.

1999.     “Tourism, Cultural Appropriation, and Local Resistance.” Review essay in Sociological Inquiry 69(3):504-507.

1998.     The Search for Political Community: American Activists Reinventing  Commitment, by Paul Lichterman, American Journal of Sociology 103(5):1467-69.

1997.     Research in Social Policy: Volume 5, Social Justice Philanthropy, Edited by John H. Stanfield II, Contemporary Sociology 26(6):713-14.

PRESENTATIONS:

2010.     “How Much Good Am I Doing: Bittersweet Charity and America’s Poor.” Framingham State University, October 27th.

2008 .    “Academic Street Smarts: What Graduate Students Need that they May Not be Learning” (with David Shulman), Invited presentation made at the American Sociological Association’s Annual Directors of Graduate Study Conference, Boston, August.      *** The entire conference was organized around themes from our book Academic Street Smarts: Informal Socialization of Graduate Students in Sociology.

2008.     “Teaching Social Problems to Non-Majors.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Boston, August.

2008.     Organizer and discussant for session entitled “Images and Perceptions of Inequality,” Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Boston, August.

2008.     Invited critic for “Viewpoint Representation in the U.S. Media Coverage of Human Trafficking” by Jeff Gulati, Bentley College, March 20th.

2007.     “Constructing Problems by Promoting Solutions: Corporate Advertisements about America’s Poor.” (With Mary-Ellen Boyle). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, New York City, August.

2007.     “Collaborative Philanthropy: Evidence of the Left’s Rightward Shift?” Invited presentation made at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York City, August.

2006.     “Collaborating Across the Funding Divide: The Negotiation and Reproduction of Foundation Grantmaking Power.” Invited guest presentation, Mary Washington University, March 30th.

2005.    “What Do Urban Crises Tell Us about the Poverty in Our Midst?” Invited guest presentation, Amherst College, December 8th.

2004.     “Poverty, Partnerships, and Privilege: Elite Institutions and Community Empowerment” (With Mary-Ellen Boyle). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, San Francisco, August.

2002.     “The Business of Becoming a Professional Academic: Unpacking the Hidden Curriculum of Graduate School” (With David Shulman). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, August.

2002.     “Venturing Inside Philanthropic “Collaborations”: A Critical Analysis of Elite-initiated Community Empowerment.” Invited guest presentation, Clark University, April 1st.

2001.     “Challenges in Grantee-Grantor Relations.” Invited guest presentation, Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, Saratoga Springs, New York, July 12.

2001.     “Policymaking without Policymakers: Private Philanthropy and Urban Poverty.” Invited guest presentation, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, June 12.

1999.     “The Ecology of Philanthropic Agenda Setting: Foundations, Community Organizations, and the Negotiation of Urban Poverty Reform.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, New Orleans, November.

2000.     “Mobilizing Money Strategically: Grantee Agency, the Funding Dilemma, and Social Change Philanthropy” (With Susan Ostrander and Deborah McCarthy). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, New Orleans, November.

2000.     “Beyond Resource Dependency and Social Control: The Role of Community Organizations in Setting Foundation Funding Agendas.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Washington, DC, August.

2000.     “Managing the Corporate Image by Acting Socially Responsible.” Invited guest presentation hosted by the Wellesley College Club of Sarasota, Florida, March.

2000.    “Beyond Resource Dependency and Social Control: The Role of Community Organizations in Setting Foundation Funding Agendas.” Invited guest presentation in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, February 17.

1999.     “The Interactive Process of Portraying Corporate ‘Good Citizenship’: The Chicago Initiative as a Collaborative Response to the 1992 LA Riots.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, August.

1998.     “Reproducing Ideology through Good Works: Philanthropists and Community Organizations collaborating Amidst an Impending Urban Crisis.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, August.

1997.     “Social Policy Discourse and the Institutionalization of Poverty.” Presented
at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Toronto, August.

1997.     “Teaching Grounded Theory through Students’ Participant-Observation” (with Gina Perez). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Toronto, August.

1996.     “Integrating Donors into Activist Philanthropy: Collective Identity Work and the Reproduction of Majority-Group Privilege within Movements.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, New York City, November.

1996.     “Managing Incongruity in Philanthropic Organizations.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York City, August.

1996.     “Constructing ‘Social Change’ Through Philanthropy: Boundary Framing and the Articulation of Vocabularies of Motives for Social Movement Participation.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York City, August.

1996.    “The Professional Displacement Process: Inverted Power Relations in an Organization.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, Chicago, April.

1995.     “‘Social Change’ Philanthropy: Boundary Framing and the Ideological Work of Social Movement Organizations.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Washington, D.C., August.

1995.     “Philanthropy, Social Change, and Social Movement Participation.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, Chicago, April.

1994.     “Role Transitions, Objects, and Identity.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Los Angeles, August.

1994.     “Crafting Nature: Narrative and Illusion in a Natural History Museum” (with Kenneth Dauber). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Los Angeles, August.

1994.     “The Meanings of Things during Role Transitions.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, St. Louis, March.

1993.     “Dead Nature: Persistence and Change in a Natural History Museum” (with Kenneth Dauber). Presented at the Annual Conference on Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts, Boston, October.

1993.     “Marketing Authenticity in Third World Countries.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, Chicago, April.

AWARDS AND HONORS:

2010.     Chosen to deliver the Lyceum Lecture, Framingham State University.

2006.     Society for the Study of Social Problems, Section on Poverty, Class and Inequality, Prize for best published faculty research. (with Mary-Ellen Boyle)

2004.     Named one of “Christa’s Teachers” by the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center  for Education and Teaching Excellent at Framingham State College.

1999.     Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation, Honorable Mention Recipient.

1998.     American Sociological Association, Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, Best Graduate Student Published Paper.

1996.     Robert F. Winch Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Published Paper, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University.

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS:

2006.     National Science Foundation grant for Social Sciences Summer Research Program, Wellesley College.

2000-02.     National Science Foundation grant for the Integration of Research and Education.

2000-01.     Wellesley College Faculty Research grant.

1996-98.    The Aspen Institute, Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, Dissertation Fellowship.

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT:

American Subcultures and Ethnic Groups
Introduction to Sociology
Business and Social Responsibility
Setting the Policymaking Agenda
Class and Culture
Social Class in American Society
Contemporary Social Theory
Social Implications of Computers
Crime and Deviance
Social Inequality *
Death and Dying
Social Interaction
Domination and Resistance
Social Problems *
Field Experience in Business
Society, Technology, and the Future *
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Sociology of Organizations

* Also taught online

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITES:

Social Stratification editor of Sociology Compass, published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Created a web site for graduate students in sociology and sociology faculty to engage in dialogue about the informal norms of professional socialization in graduate school (with David Shulman). http://ww2.lafayette.edu/~gradtrain/

Peer Reviewer – Teaching Sociology, Symbolic Interaction, Sociological Forum, Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Pearson Custom Publishing, Pine Forge Press, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Thinkwell Corporation, OpenMind Publishing Group, and Digital Learning Interactive

Member – American Sociological Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems