I was born in Chattanooga, TN but I spent much of my early childhood in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and later moved to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. I attended James Madison University (BS Political Science), Florida State University (MA International Affairs) and Virginia Tech (PhD in Sociology). I am currently a Professor of Sociology at James Madison University where I study social movements and violence directed toward civilians during civil war. I have also written about the sociology of “lifestyle sport.”

This site includes some of my past (and ongoing) work related to institutional parochialism, social movements and the sociology of sport.┬áRecently, I have found myself thinking about modernity and ambivalence with the idea of updating the concept of “sociological ambivalence” (developed by RK Merton) to fit the conditions of the twenty-first century — and I actually started this “blog” to keep track of those ideas.pro-reform-iranian

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