I am a sociologist with primary interests in the sociology of religion (especially the Catholic Church and Catholic identity), social movements (especially movements inside institutions), organizations, culture, and applied research. My book Faithful Revolution: How Voice of the Faithful Is Changing the Church was published by Oxford University Press and is available on Amazon.
I hold a BA in Sociology and Communication from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX and an MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am originally from San Antonio, Texas.
I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee, a small liberal arts college near the Great Smoky Mountains. I teach courses including the sociology of religion, social movements, social theory, introductory sociology, disaster, and immigration. View my college profile here.
I am married with two children. My hobbies include playing the guitar and singing in the folk/singer-songwriter genre, yoga, walking, wine tasting, and traveling with my family. I am also a trained weather spotter and member of my local American Red Cross Disaster Action Team.