About Me

I am the father of two incredible boys that my wife, Jennifer, and I adopted from China. We adopted our older son, Will, in 2014 and our younger son, Lucas, in 2017 Will is 7 and Lucas is 4. My boys bring a little bit of craziness and lots of joy into my life every day.

We live in Mountain Lakes, NJ, a small town built in the early 1900s for New Yorkers looking escape the crowding and squalor of the city for a more idyllic setting characterized by lakes, parks, and beautiful Arts and Crafts homes. I spend as much of my free time as I can running the trails in our local parks.

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Youngtown, Ohio. I earned a B.A. from Miami University, an M.A. from the University at Maryland, and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. For better or worse, all these degrees are in Sociology.

Until recently I was a professor of sociology at Temple University in Philadelphia. Prior to joining the faculty at Temple, I was a professor of sociology at the University at Buffalo and a researcher at the National Center for Children in Poverty in the School of Public Health at Columbia University. My academic research has focused on how kids’ families and communities influence their success in school and in life.

I am starting this blog to share my thoughts about parenting, higher education, and how to live a meaningful life.

You can e-mail me by clicking here.

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