Business and Social Science Institute
Faculty member since: 2006
Principle of Sociology
Marriage and the Family
Bachelor of Science, Cornell University
Master of Arts, Rutgers University
What brought you to Brookdale?
I’ve worked in business-to-business sales, consulting, and have done freelance journalism, but my dream job is teaching sociology here at Brookdale. I feel a bit like an enthusiastic preacher trying to cajole my students into thinking seriously about how their individual behavior is influenced by membership in groups such as social class, occupation, race, age cohort, and even American culture itself. This is a radical perspective in a society that tends to rely on individualistic or biologically based explanations for why we act the way we do.
Do you work outside of the college?
For my first seven years at Brookdale, I enjoyed writing a “slice of family life” column called Are We There Yet? for a New Jersey newspaper.
What would you say is your most memorable moment – or moments – as a member of the Brookdale community?
Volunteering at a food bank with my class and then discussing the repercussions of poverty, and also accompanying students on two trips to Japan are among my fondest Brookdale memories.
Would you recommend that students take a class in your department?
Yes, do take a sociology class! Sociology attempts to make discernible the invisible social forces that surround and influence all of us each day. Being able to see and understand the impact of entities like globalization, materialism, social privilege, and medicalization is a lifelong advantage for every student.