I am an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Sociology and Director of the Center for Research on Military Organization at the University of Maryland. I received a PhD in Sociology from Princeton University in 2007. My research examines the determinants and consequences of military service in the U.S., focusing on differences by race/ethnicity and gender. I am especially interested in public opinion towards veterans and public discourse around veterans, and how military identity shapes the transition back to civilian life for veterans. My research interests include social inequality and stratification, social demography, military sociology and various research methods. Some of my work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Armed Forces & Society, Social Forces, Social Science Quarterly, Political Analysis, and Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Institute among others.
I also teach undergraduate and graduate courses on military sociology, veterans in American society, diversity in the military, institutions and the life course, as well as research methods (statistics, experimental design, and methods of secondary data analysis.)
I manage and (infrequently now) contribute to the blog "Veteran Scholars." Visit the site for discussions of research, tips on conducting research on veterans and military populations, and more.
Dept. of Sociology
University of Maryland
2112 Art-Sociology Bldg.
College Park, MD 20742
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