2009 Ph.D. - The Graduate Center, CUNY
2005 MA - Queens College, CUNY
2002 BA - Fordham University
I am an associate professor of sociology and have been teaching at John Jay since 2009. My forthcoming book, Masters of Craft: Cool Jobs in the New Urban Economy (Princeton University Press; spring 2017), is about the transformation of low-status occupations into "cool," cultural taste-making jobs (cocktail bartenders, craft distillers, upscale men's barbers, and whole animal butchers). My first book, Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City, about nightlife and conflict in gentrified neighborhoods, was also published by Princeton University Press in 2014. My work has appeared in City & Community, Poetics, Ethnography, and the European Journal of Cultural Studies. I am also the editor of Ethnography and the City: Readings on Doing Urban Fieldwork (Routledge; 2012) and serve on the editorical boards of the journals Metropolitics, Work and Occupations, and the Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography. I am currently working on two research projects: one on the development, design, and social dynamics of Penn Station and the other on small town gentrification in the Hudson Valley, NY. My overall research and teaching interests include urban and cultural sociology, community studies, work and occupations, and research methods (especially qualitative methods).
Urban and cultural sociology, community studies, work and occupations, and research methods (especially qualitative methods)