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Ph.D., Sociology (2001, Boston University)
B.A., Political Science
(1994, University of Washington-Seattle)
Extensive coursework in humanities & social sciences
at Reed College
Professional Experience/Faculty Appointments
Currently Associate Professor of Sociology,
Kent State University, Ohio, USA. Current and recent teaching includes Minorities in America; Minorities in Crime & Justice.
I was Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Justice Studies at Kent State. I also have prior teaching experience
in Sociology at Benedictine University, Roosevelt University, Boston University, and Curry College, and teaching experience
in English as a second language in Berlin.
Selected Honors & Distinctions
Early Tenure, Kent
Presidential Teaching Fellow & Presidential Graduate Fellow, Boston University
Prize from ASA Theory Section
National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Selected Teaching & Research Interests
Law & Society; Sociology of Deviance & Criminology; Inequality & Discrimination;
Racial/Ethnic Relations; Sociological and Criminological Theory; Culture & Subcultures; Language & Social Interaction;
Social Identity & Membership Categorization Analysis.
Selected Current Research/Publication Projects
projects include analyses of racial disparate impact in legal and criminal justice contexts, emphasizing interpretive and
social-psychological issues such as the interactional and institutional processes leading to disparate impact by race, and
the variety of ways disparate impact can be interpreted and formulated as a social problem or defended against critics.
Selected Published Works
at Work: Studies in Legal Ethnomethods, edited by Baudouin Dupret, Michael Lynch
and Tim Berard. Oxford University Press. (June 2015)
‘Hate Crimes, Labels, and Accounts: Pragmatic
Reflections on U.S. Hate Crime Law.’ Book chapter in Law at Work, edited by Baudouin Dupret, Michael Lynch
and Tim Berard. Oxford University Press. (June 2015).
‘The Study of Deviant Subcultures
as a Longstanding and Evolving Site of Intersecting Membership Categorizations.’ Human Studies 37(3): 317-334.
'Under the Shadow of the Authoritarian Personality:
Elias, Fromm, and Alternative Social Psychologies of Authoritarianism,' in Norbert Elias and Social Theory, ed. Francois
Depelteau and Tatiana Landini, Palgrave- MacMillan (November 2013).
'Collective Action, Collective Reaction: Inspecting Bad Apples in Organizational Accounts for Deviance and
Discrimination,' in Hisashi Nasu and Fran Waksler (eds.), Interaction and Everyday Life: Phenomenological and Ethnomethodological
Essays in Honor of George Psathas. Lexington Books. (August 2012).
‘Unpacking “Institutional Racism”: Insights
from Wittgenstein, Garfinkel, Schutz, Goffman, and Sacks,’ pp. 109-133 in Phenomenological Research vol II
[lead article] (December 2010).
'Hate Crimes and their Criminalization,'
pp. 15-40 in Research in Social Problems and Public Policy Vol. 17, edited by Stacy Burns and Mark Peyrot (Spring
'The Relevance of the Social Sciences for Legal Education,'
Legal Education Review 19(1/2) (December 2009).
‘Typification in Society and Social Science: The Continuing
Relevance of Schutz’s Social Phenomenology,’ Human Studies 32(3): 263-289 (second author, with Kwang-ki
Kim) [Lead Article] (Winter 2009).
‘The Neglected Social
Psychology of Institutional Racism.’ Sociology Compass 2(2): 734-764 (2008).
'From Concepts to Methods: On the Observability of Inequality.' Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 35(3),
pp. 236-256 [Lead Article]. (June 2006).
on Democracy and Homeland Security: Commentary.' Book chapter in Democracy and Homeland Security: Strategies, Controversies,
and Impact, ed. Nawal Ammar. Kent State University Press [on-line]. (2006).
'Extending Hate Crime Legislation to Include Gender: Explicating an Analogical Method of Advocacy.’ Qualitative
Sociology Review 1(2), pp. 43-64 [on-line]. (December 2005).
Categories of Action and Identity in Non-Evaluative Human Studies Research: Examples from Ethnomethodology.' Qualitative
Sociology Review 1(1), pp. 1-25 [Lead Article] [on-line]. (August 2005).
‘Rethinking Practices and Structures.’ Journal for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences 35(2),
pp. 196-230. (June 2005).
‘On Multiple Identities and
Educational Contexts: Remarks on the study of inequalities and discrimination.’ Journal of Language, Identity, &
Education 4(1), pp. 67-76. (2005).
as Radical Sociology: An Expansive Appreciation of Melvin Pollner’s “Constitutive and Mundane Versions of Labeling
Theory.”’ Human Studies 26(4), pp. 431-448. (December 2003).
‘ “Japanese American” Identity and the Problem of Multiple Description: Disjunctive Versions of
the Japanese Exclusion Order.’ Book Chapter (pp. 144-168) in Stephen Hester and W. Housley (ed.), Language, Interaction,
and National Identity: Studies in the Social Organisation of National Identity. Ashgate. (August 2002).
‘Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, and the Reformulation of Social
Theory.’ Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 29:3, pp. 203-227 [Lead article] [Shils-Coleman Prize,
from American Sociological Association’s Theory Section]. (September 1999).
‘Dada Between Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy and Bourdieu's Distinction: Existenz and Conflict in Cultural Analysis.’
Theory, Culture & Society 16(1), pp. 141-165. (1999).
and Avowals of Motive in the Study of Deviance: Resource or Topic?' Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 28(2),
pp. 193-213. (June 1998).
Other publications include another
journal article on labeling theories of deviance; five encyclopedia articles on topics including deviant subcultures, racial
profiling, ethnomethodology and membership categorization analysis; six pedagogical resources; two book reviews; and an on-line
Citations to my work by scores
of scholars in print, on-line, or in graduate theses suggest the broad, international relevance of my work; citations have
appeared in multiple sub-disciplines of sociology, but also in social psychology, psychology, criminology, cultural studies,
gender studies, information studies, political science and international relations, business and management studies, health
studies, education research, military studies, environmental studies, philosophy of social science, and art history.
Contributions to Professional/Academic Meetings
Fourteen conference presentations at national or international conferences, on
topics including racial disparities in criminal justice; racial profiling in immigration and deportation; counter-terrorism
and ethnic relations; hate crimes against women; intersectionality and multiple identities in explanations of crime and delinquency;
and attributions of motives for deviant behavior. Many other contributions as an invited discussant.
The Micro-Politics of Macro-Categories: The Contested Relevance of Minority Status in Claims and Denials of Discrimination.
Analyzes disputes about discrimination as a means of addressing the relation(s) between social practices, social identities
& social structures. Analysis includes a critical consideration of the relationship between discrimination and discretionary
decision-making which acknowledges that discrimination in many settings must be understood as an abuse of discretion, but
also calls for a much deeper and more balanced understanding of discretionary decision-making and its organizational contexts
than is suggested in much critical scholarship.
Selected Professional Service
Contributions include service on the editorial board of the journal Human Studies, service as an article
reviewer for twenty-one other social science and humanities journals, book reviewer for multiple publishers, frequent
service as a conference session organizer and a prize committee member for two professional associations (ASA and SSSP), service
on the council of the ASA section on ethnomethodology and conversation analysis (twice), and, within Kent State University,
service on four Presidential committees (Commission on Inclusion, Citation and Recognition Committee, two Symposium on Democracy
Planning Committees), the KSU Press Editorial Board, the Curriculum Committee for the College of Arts & Sciences, the
AAUP chapter council, all departmental committees in Justice Studies, and in Sociology, service on the Curriculum and Undergraduate
Studies Committee, and service as library coordinator for the Criminology and Justice Studies program, and also for the Sociology
program. I served as Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the large Justice Studies program from Summer 2009 through Fall
2010, in a term which spanned the merger of the Justice Studies and Sociology departments. I have served as faculty advisor
for hundreds of Justice Studies students and for four student organizations. From 2011 to 2013, I served as Chair of the Division
of Crime and Juvenile Delinquency, within the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), including responsibility for
planning annual conference sessions, for forming prize committees and for division newsletter content. I also am a member
of the Steering Committee for the International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis (IIEMCA), and served
a year as Secretary for the Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences.
- Law, Justice & Society [Graduate]
- Inequality, Crime and Deviant Subcultures [Graduate]
- Theories of Crime & Delinquency [Graduate]
in Crime & Justice [traditional and online instruction]
- Law & Society/Issues in Law & Society
- Theories and Issues in Socio-Legal Studies
- Deviant Subcultures
- Crime & Justice in Popular Culture
to Justice Studies
- Racial & Ethnic Groups
- Minorities in America [online]
- Sociological Theory
- Introduction to Sociology
- First Year Humanities
as a Second Language
have consulted as an expert witness related to the use of deadly force by police against an African American.
International Institute for Ethnomethodology
and Conversation Analysis