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. Recently, 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.