of Sociology (Teaching/Instructional)
and by appointment
Ph.D., Columbia University
M.A., Columbia University
M.A., John jay College of Criminal Justice
B.A. Queens College
areas of expertise
- Urban Sociology
- Social Stratification
- Sociology of Education
- Sociology of Work and Organizations
I am currently teaching mid sized classes to undergraduate students at Temple University. In my teaching, I strive to provide my students with engaging lectures and multimedia presentations as well substantial opportunities for classroom discussion. In addition to pursuing pedagogical goals specific to Sociology (i.e., enhancing students's sociological imaginations, and passion for sociological discovery), I endeavor to enhance my students' writing and critical thinking skills.
At Temple, I have taught Social Statistics, Introduction to Sociology, Inequality, and Gender in America. Prior to teaching at Temple, I taught a wide variety of undergraduate courses, including Urban Sociology, Research Methods, Statistics, Sociology of Education, and Crime and Delinquency. I also taught graduate courses in the Sociology of Education to students at Columbia University's Teachers College.
I was originally trained primarily in the Sociology of Education and the Sociology of Work and Organizations, but my research interests have drifted onto the terrains of Urban Sociology, Social Class, Art, and Culture. My broad concern is with the effects of class and culture on artistic and intellectual space. I am striving to understand the changing nature of artistic and intellectual life in postindustrial urban neighborhoods as well as within academic institutions on various levels of the academic hierarchy.
My current research project is grounded in controversies surrounding the work of Richard Florida. Florida's 'big morph" thesis asserts that today's prototypical urban artist is no longer an alienated bohemian who hates the bourgeois (yuppie) establishment. Contemporary artists, he suggests, work with yuppies and other neighborhood residents in "creative class" communities constituted by a cultural morph of bourgeois and bohemian culture. Florida's work has been criticized, in part, because his data has been restricted to the macro level. Richard Lloyd, for example, has asserted that had Florida explored artist neighborhoods on the ground, he would have discovered that they are not necessarily constituted by creative class harmony. Lloyd's own research on Wicker Park Chicago uncovered a community that he described as constituting a new version of bohemia. For the past three years, I have been exploring issues pertaining to Florida's big-morph thesis by collecting data on contemporary Pittsburgh artists and the communities that they live in. I conducted fieldwork in two Pittsburgh neighborhoods with a relatively large artist population (i.e., South Side and Lawrenceville), and conducted two artist surveys (the first was a pilot project) in cooperation with Lawrenceville's annual Art All Night art festival. I am currently using my collected data to write three journal articles and a book proposal.