Goddard College/NYU (Sociology)
I am currently working on my third book, Witches, Vampires, and Things That Go Bump in the Night. This is a study of the social sources of beliefs in witches starting in Southern Turkey in 800 BCE and ending with a focus on the founding of Plymouth, the massacre of the Pequots, the persecution of the Quakers, the trial of Anne Hutchinson, the expulsion of Roger Williams, King Philips War, and the Salem witch trials in 17th century Massachusetts. My undergraduate time at Goddard College instilled in me the difference between indoctrination, training, teaching, and "lecting". "Lecting" is the collaborative effort of professor and student to help the student become the person that they choose to be.
My professional career has including teaching positions at the George Mason University, the University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins University. My expertise is in introduction to sociology, political sociology, and criminology. My non-teaching career includes: The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice in Maryland as well as the Office of the Aging and the Office of Probation and Parole in New York City. I have also worked as a community organizer and was instrumental in Baltimore's effort to win and implement the $100,000 Empowerment Grant. I am currently working on my third book, Witches, Vampires, and Things That Go Bump in the Night. This is a study of the social sources of beliefs in witches starting in Southern Turkey in 800 BCE and ending with a focus on the founding of Plymouth, the massacre of the Pequots, the persecution of the Quakers, the trial of Anne Hutchinson, the
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My graduate work includes courses with Richard Quinney and Arthur Neiderhoffer. My first professional job was research on probation and parole officers at the NYU School of Social Work. I then became Senior Research Scientist at the NYC Office of Probation and Parole. Additional criminal justice positions include: Director of Research Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, Baltimore, MD; Director of Research and Assistant Professor at the Police Executive Leadership Program at Johns Hopkins University, Senior Resarch Scientist and Grant Writer at the Baltimore Police Department, and Senior Research Scientist at the Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention. I have taught criminal justice courses at Johns Hopkins University, George Mason University, and other institutions of higher learning.
I have taught sociology at Johns Hopkins University, George Mason University, the University of Maryland, and other places. I have two sociology textbooks: The Social Bases of Politics published by Wadsworth, 1987 and Sociology: Analysis and Applications published by Kendall/Hunt plus chapters in books and articles. I am currently writing a book about the Salem witch trials.
I have taught most of the courses in the sociology curriculum and have held policy research jobs with the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention and other agencies.
My educational philosophy is to work collaboratively with students to help refine their goals, learn what is useful, and become who they want to be.