I live in Andover, MA with my wife, Julie; our sons, Sovi and Niko; and our two cats, Widby and Sesame. I love professional hockey, steel frame touring bikes, collecting bobbleheads, and live music. In a previous life I wrote occasionally insightful music reviews for PopMatters.
In earned my B.A. in 2003 from Williams College, where I majored in Anthropology, sang in a coed a cappella group and played lacrosse, and was a research assistant with the Motul de San José Archeological Project in San José, Guatemala. After college I moved to Philadelphia and joined the School District of Philadelphia as part of Teach For America, and taught 6th grade at Anna Howard Shaw Middle School. I earned an M.S. in Elementary Education and a Pennsylvania State Teaching Credential from Saint Joseph’s University in 2005. If I had more time and money, I’d return to Philly to help restore the Divine Lorraine Hotel to all its glory. I completed my Ph.D. in Sociology in 2012 at the University of California, Berkeley. There I also had the chance to teach high school writing with the Early Academic Outreach Program.
I have been at Tufts University since 2012, first with the Education Department and now in my position as associate professor of sociology. I am also affiliated with American Studies and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. From 2017-2010 I was co-chair on the Board of Representatives for the Boston Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality. I serve on numerous editorial boards: as an associate editor for Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (as well as a book review editor) and for the Critical Perspectives on Youth book series with NYU Press; and as an editorial advisory board member for the Critical Studies in Gender & Sexuality in Education book series with Routledge Press.
I was featured in a spring 2018 feature in Tufts Magazine, “Regale Us,” on the personal meanings behind Commencement regalia.