Revisiting the Adolescent Society in the late 1990s and early 2000s

This is the link to my first published article as a co-author. This paper revisits James Coleman’s The Adolescent Society by using data from 7 schools in the Chicago metropolitan area. Studying school cliques and cultures is a window through which my current sociology students start to understand the constructed nature of society and the real social, political, and economic impacts of those constructed categories. This is an oldie-but-goodie that made me critically think through a classic sociological study and then perform hundreds of phone interviews and use other mixed methods to understand the adolescent society of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Sociology as a tool to teach Community Leadership

In this article I address how sociology as a discipline does and does not teach leadership to its students. A highlight of this article for me is my explanation of how students used a novel curriculum on community leadership (a program within the department of sociology which I direct) to lend their experiences with social work and immigration resettlement programs to create programming to encourage their college to consider becoming a sanctuary campus.

Hardcore punk as used in collective identity formation

Melissa Ross, host of “First Coast Connect” on WJCT community supported public radio in Jacksonville, FL, interviewed me about a recent article I co-authored where we dive into hardcore punk as a technology of the collective. I have also linked to the article in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.

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