I am trained as a social psychologist. I study the micro-sociology of place-making and belonging. My latest research is on the relationship between creative labor and place-making in rural communities. I am currently the chair of the sociology department at Brooklyn College.
I began my research career doing discourse analysis and wrote an application, SemioCode, to do the kind of content analysis I was using based on my dissertation. As a result, I developed teaching interests in statistical programming, large sample discourse analysis, and social network analysis. I am fluent in Perl, C, PHP, R, and Python, and have been introducing coding into my courses in social network analysis and quantitative methods.
Courses taught: Data & Society*, Quantitative Methods*, Introductory Statistics*, Advanced Statistics*, Social Networks*, Stratification, Sociology of Science & Technology, Sociology of Religion, Visual Sociology, Sociology of Sport, Introductory Sociology
* includes programming component