Trends, Family-Style

Full Disclosure: I don’t know much about sociology of families. I had a four-week pro-seminar unit on marriage and families in my first-year of graduate school. My main recollection from that unit was being impressed by Judith Stacey’s knock out punch in...

Getting the News We Need

This post appeared as an op-ed in the Albany Times-Union. Most Americans get their news from local TV news programs. While TV news does a fine job with “Local Boy and Lost Dog Reunited” stories, where they often fall short is on stories that require more than a...

Inside Trends

The latest issue of Contexts (Winter 2015) is now in my hands in all its glossy, heavy-papered goodness. It’s the first issue with the new editorial team, led by Editors-in-Chief Syed Ali and Philip Cohen and Managing Editor Letta Page. A couple words about this...

Welcome!

Thanks for visiting my new web site! Some parts of it are still in progress. In particular, I hope to use the Outreach page to feature some of the work and achievements of my past and current students (Former students, get in touch and let me know what you’re up...

What I Learned in the Midwest

Cross-posted at ThickCulture. Six years ago, my wife and I moved to Fargo, North Dakota for my job at Concordia College across the Red River in Moorhead, Minnesota. Growing up in Bergen County, New Jersey, my view of the country looked a lot like the famous 1976 New...

Op-ed: Culture wars have a new turf

Published in the Albany Times-Union. With the 2014 World Cup completed, one of the undoubted highlights of this year’s tournament was the U.S. Men’s National Team’s valiant charge through the World Cup’s so-called “Group of Death.”...

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