My approach to teaching mirrors my approach to sociological research. That is, whether in the classroom or in the field, I perceive effective learning and discovery to have three basic steps: establishing what questions need to be asked, systematically answering the established questions, and recognizing the plausible academic and practical applications of the newly gained knowledge.

I utilize group work, class discussions and problem sets to gauge the current knowledge of my students in order to shape which questions we need to answer as a group. I then equip them with the tools to answer these questions and ask them to apply this knowledge to real world problems--often ones from local nonprofit organizations. Click here to learn more about my teaching philosophy or here to see my students' evaluations of my courses.

Social Statistics

Urban Poverty, Possibilities, and Promises 

Race Around the World...
and Back Again