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, deliberative democracy forums, and (in a roundabout sort of way) newspaper
editorial meetings, as well as
waiting lines, network diffusion, the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, the role of game analogies in
social theory, and the logic of the clue-based method (which Carlo Ginzburg just barely scratched). In general, I write about one article per topic, so as to avoid the dreaded economies of scale.
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Ph.D. (Sociology, with Distinction), Columbia
M.Phil. (Sociology) Columbia
M.A. (Sociology) Columbia
1991: B.A., Eastern
College (magna cum laude)
2013-present: Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame.
2012-13: Lecturer, Princeton University, Department of Sociology.
Assistant Professor, University
Department of Sociology.
Assistant Professor, Harvard
University, Department of
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.
Department, Notre Dame University, 736 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556