Anthropology & Sociology
West Chester University
Associate Professor of Sociology
My ongoing research has focused on workplace and employment restructuring. I am a working class kid who saw first-hand the significant job-loss for the working class from deindustrialization in the 1970s and 80s. My master's thesis is an ethnographic account of factory life through the experience of a low-paid, low-status temporary worker. For my Ph.D., I interviewed information technologists and human resource professionals with intimate knowledge or experience with outsourcing. I have published one article on this research, which discusses the effect outsourcing has on professional discretion and control at work (Sociological Viewpoints). I am working on the following manuscripts on this data and additional interview data collected since 2007:
New research, in collaboration with Dr. Leigh Shaffer, develops a framework to think beyond the traditional emphases in educational curriculum and pedagogy. We call our framework a "just-in-time" system of knowledge transfer. This work has been exciting, with one publication from it to date (International Knowledge, Technology, and Society Journal).
I also collaborated with Dr. Leigh Shaffer on the following four academic and career advising articles, which recently appeared in NACADA Journal (2011):
Areas of Interest