Associate Professor

Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame

I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University, and have taught at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Notre Dame (my current institution). Most easily classified as a scholar of social interaction, I have done, or am doing, research on corporate meetings, Pentagon press conferences, Supreme Court oral arguments, experimental task groups, National Security Council meetings, criminal juries,
newspaper editorial meetings, waiting lines, network diffusion, the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, and the role of game analogies in sociological theory.


1999: Ph.D. (Sociology, with Distinction), Columbia University

1995: M.Phil. (Sociology) Columbia University

1994: M.A. (Sociology) Columbia University

1991: B.A., Eastern College (magna cum laude)


2013-present: Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame.

2012-13: Lecturer, Princeton University, Department of Sociology.

2005-2012: Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology.

2001-2005: Assistant Professor, Harvard University, Department of Sociology.

1999-2001: Post-doctoral Fellow, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University.

Areas of research

Social interaction, language, deliberation, decision making, social networks, theory, secrecy & deception.

Sociology Department, University of Notre Dame, 4052 Nanovic Jenkins Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Who I am not
Where I am not

Work in progress

Common sense in jury deliberations (with Matthew Fox); state deliberations about violence; humor in Supreme Court oral arguments.


My Notre Dame page

Notre Dame Sociology

Supplemental article materials

Courses (most recent syllabi)

Introduction to Sociological Research (undergraduate--Notre Dame)

Contemporary Sociological Theory (undergraduate--Penn)

Contemporary Sociological Theory (graduate--Penn)

Senior Thesis Practicum (undergraduate--Notre Dame)

Microsociology (graduate--Notre Dame)

Models of Social Dynamics (graduate--Harvard)

The Social Organization of Secrecy and Deception (undergraduate--Notre Dame)

Attitudes, Identities and Social Interaction (undergraduate--Princeton)

The Sociology of Violence (undergraduate--Notre Dame)

Ways of Knowing (undergraduate--Notre Dame)

Comparative Moral Systems (undergraduate--Notre Dame)