Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Queens College

About Me

I work as an Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College in the City University of New York (CUNY).  CUNY is the public university system of New York City.  Its goal is to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to quality postsecondary education.  Among universities that aren’t geared towards the children of wealthy people, our College is particularly successful as an avenue of economic mobility.

I do a few things at Queens College:

  • Director, Queens Podcast Lab.  I have organized a local collaborative of scholars who are interested in podcasting.  We learn about the podcasting medium by creating podcasts, operating podcast enterprises, and connecting with the podcasting community. We offer an outstanding internship program for students with ambitions in the field of media production or media management.  
  • Associate Director, Queens College Data Analytics Graduate Program.  I currently serve as Associate Director of Queens College’s Master’s Program in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research.  We offer excellent training, a strong program culture, and connection to a great alumni network.
  • Creator, The Annex Sociology Podcast.  I create The Annex Sociology Podcast, a podcast series that discusses research and debates of interest to academic sociologists.  The Annex has peaked as a Top 20 Science podcast in the United States, and we won the 2019 Public Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Computing, Information Technology, and Media Studies.  
  • Social Science Scholarship.  My specialties are economic sociology, the sociology of organizations, the sociology of culture, and the sociology of media.  I have written two books: Global Capitalism: A Sociological Perspective (2010, Polity) and Financial Crisis in American Households (2017, Praeger).  I am currently running two research projects.  One studies the early development of the podcast medium and the dynamics of podcast entrepreneurship.  The other compares the personal finances of the American and Canadian middle classes in a political-economic comparative study of political economy.
  • Teaching.  I currently teach Advanced Analytics in the Data Analytics graduate program at Queens College.  I also teach Introductory Statistics, Research Methodology, and Marketing and the Consumer Economy.   I also run internships that teach and give students practical experience in digital content production and enterprise development.
  • Sociology Department Administration.  My work duties also include strategic planning, budgetary and personnel oversight, and public communications for the Department of Sociology at Queens College.


Professional Background.  I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University in 2007.  My dissertation committee included Miguel Centeno (chair), Paul DiMaggio, Bruce Western, and Scott Lynch.  I also earned an undergraduate degree in International Business from Carleton University (Canada), and studied in the Economics Department at the Universidad de Buenos Aires 

Personal.  I am originally from Northern Ontario, Canada. I love computing, writing, podcasting, baseball, travel, history, and comedy.  

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Office & Contact

Queens College

City University of New York

Powdermaker Hall 252

65-30 Kissena Boulevard

Queens, New York




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