I am an associate professor of sociology at Marquette University. Before moving to Milwaukee, I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University and spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. My research interests lie at the intersection of political sociology, work, finance, and social policy.

My book, Dismantling Solidarity: Capitalist Politics and American Pensions since the New Deal, published with Cornell University Press, explores the sociological causes of the current crisis in retirement. It makes contributions to the theories of the state and policy making, developing the concept “structural contingency” to explore patterns of political causation. It was awarded the Paul Sweezy Book Award and an honorable mention for Labor and Labor Movements Distinguished Book Award, both through the American Sociological Association.


My second book, under contract with Verso Books, explores how finance can be mobilized in ways that serve the social and environmental good both in the workplace and outside of it. It is tentatively titled The Master’s Tools: Using Finance Against Capital.

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