I’m the author of Sociology for Dummies. The first edition was published in 2010, and a second edition has just been published in 2021. Written entirely during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, the new edition is updated to reflect not only the newest developments in the field of sociology, but the radically evolved public discourse on matters of race, gender, public safety, and inequality. What’s more, I challenged myself to take a harder look at inequality within the discipline of sociology itself: squarely addressing how BIPOC and women sociologists have had their work marginalized, even in a field that prides itself on addressing precisely such injustices.
I studied sociology from 1999-2007 at Harvard University, ultimately earning an A.M. and a Ph.D. in the subject. Along the way I served as a research assistant, a teaching fellow (head teaching fellow, thank you very much), a non-resident and resident tutor (senior resident tutor, thank you very much), and a senior thesis advisor. After I defended my dissertation in January 2007, I joined the Harvard faculty for a semester, teaching two courses in sociology. Since returning to Minnesota, I’ve taught at Macalester College and Rasmussen College.
My peer-reviewed research publications in sociology include the book Reconstructing the University (with David John Frank, Stanford University Press, 2006) and papers in Sociology of Education (also with David John Frank) and Poetics (with Jason Kaufman). During my academic career I attended multiple conferences, including the Harvard-Oxford-Stockholm Graduate Student Conference at the University of Oxford and the annual conference of the International Toy Research Association (seriously) at the University of London.