Sociology provides tools to understand problems and problematize our understandings about everyday assumptions.  Sociology offers students skills and frameworks to think seriously about contemporary society: we can trace the roots of structural patterns of injustice, give voice to underrepresented communities, and suggest alternative strategies of social engagement. 

Students crafting their team’s argument for a debate in my Critical Agrifoods systems class.

From the classroom to field research, I invite my students to broach social questions with analytical rigor and empathy in order to trace interesting connections between course material, historical context, current events, and personal experience.  My classes emphasize analytical thinking, clear communication, and skill building. Towards that end, I integrate multimedia sources into my classes. Take a look at my regularly updated Teaching Resource Page for some of my top, non-textbook teaching tools.

Teaching Experience:

Drexel University

  • Introduction to Sociology, Department of Sociology
  • Sociology of the Environment, Department of Sociology/Environmental Studies
  • Qualitative Methods, Department of Sociology
  • Environmental Movements, Department of Sociology

Westmont College

  • Qualitative methods, Department of Sociology (Fall 2018)
  • Food systems in a globalizing world, Department of Anthropology (Fall 2018)

University of Chicago

  • Critical agrofood systems, Program for the Global Environment (Spring 2017)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Teaching assistant in courses on Sociology, Environmental History, Culture, and Ecology.