I am an assistant professor in the sociology department at Brandeis University. I received my PhD from the University of Notre Dame where I was fortunate to work with Lyn Spillman and Omar Lizardo. Born and raised in Wyoming on a ranch, the first 18 years of my life resembled something vaguely like this, but with fewer awe-inspiring mountains, more wind/less snow, both sheep and cows at first, and then only cows (for metabolic rift reasons I think).
My research and teaching interests are broadly concerned with social theory, culture and morality. Once upon a time I really believed in the old bios theoretikos. At the moment, I'm more inclined toward theory as simply giving articulation to what cannot (ever) be theoretical. I'm also a fan of small pleasures like theory that develops and critiques concepts that are useful (or not) for the practice of social research. Much of my work is historical, but I like to think of history as representing more a substantive claim about the social world than one method among others. My current research follows this line of thinking and examines social justice as a historical entity rather than a philosophical, moral or legal ideal. I want to claim that this makes a great deal of difference in how we understand the motivation for moral action and our efforts to create progressive social change. More on this to come.
Feel free to drop me a line anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The mystical feeling which drives the philosopher forward from abstract thinking to intuiting is boredom--the longing for a content."