I am a professor of sociology at Wake Forest University where I have taught since January 2005. I grew up in Half Moon Bay, California (half an hour south of San Francisco), earned my bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, and my M.S. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
I came to Wake Forest because its “teacher-scholar” ideal articulates closely with my own deepest values and interests. Wake Forest provides a perfect setting for me to pursue my vocation as a scholar, encouraging me to pursue my highest priorities with equal fervor: teaching undergraduates well and doing social science that matters.
I love teaching, especially core courses such as introduction to sociology and sociological theory, and trying to find innovative ways of getting students involved in the learning process. My specialty courses focus on various aspects of post-WWII American religion and the sociology of guns. (Learn more about my teaching.)
My research for a period also focused on post-war American religion, particularly Roman Catholicism. I have authored, co-authored, or edited 5 books in this area.
When I not doing my main job, I run a small tennis business and serve as the racket technician for Wake Forest’s men’s tennis team. I enjoy playing tennis, cooking (and eating!), whisk(e)y, live theater and dance, and target shooting.
Last but not least, I am married to a beautiful soul Sandy, and have three wonderful children: Paul, Hannah, and Mark. We live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (Learn more about my personal interests.)