As a sociologist, I study how urban schools provide and restrict opportunities for young men of color, and how hostile environments impact young men’s emotional lives. My research interests are in the areas of masculinity and gender, education, children and youth, and feminist theory. A current book project is an ethnography of two all-male public high schools. (Please see my recent CNN op-ed on the topic.) Other ongoing research examines the masculine dignity and non-normative sexual practices of Black boys.