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"The wise one said it can't be done...the fool came and did it."--Zen saying
Inequality, race/class/gender, social movements, education
Ph.D. Sociology, UC Davis 2001
Peter Berger wrote many sociologists are viewed as "professional Peeping Toms," people who are endlessly curious about other people and their ways. I sometimes call myself a professional "buzzkill," because what I do is teach about sources of social suffering, in the hopes that we can relieve that suffering. Don't worry, though, a sense of humor is an absolutely essential quality to be a good sociologist.
In addition to teaching sociology with love, I am also a documentarian and visual artist. You can learn more about me and my work by visiting my professional website. Also, for nearly a decade, my best friend and I took her two kids on a series of roadtrips around the U.S. to learn about the history of social justice activism. As a result of those trips, I created a website with resources for tourism for families who want to learn more about social justice movements in the U.S. Visit Social Justice Sojourns to start planning your own trip, or just to learn more about the history of social movements in the U.S.!
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