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.


Education

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)


Appointments

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, Notre Dame University, 736 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556


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Work in progress

Two articles (one with Matthew Fox) on common sense in jury deliberations; continuing analysis of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.


Links

My Notre Dame page

Notre Dame Sociology

Supplemental article materials



Courses (most recent syllabi)

Introduction to Sociological Research (undergraduate--Penn)

Contemporary Sociological Theory (undergraduate--Penn)

Contemporary Sociological Theory (graduate--Penn)

Senior Thesis Practicum (undergraduate--Notre Dame)

Social Interaction (graduate--Princeton)

Models of Social Dynamics (graduate--Harvard)

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

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

The Sociology of Violence (undergraduate--Notre Dame)

Ways of Knowing
(undergraduate--Notre Dame)

Media appearances


"Popular Mechanics," New York Times Fashion & Style Magazine