About Me

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at The Freedom Project at Wellesley College. I received my PhD in sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY, my MA in regional economic & social development at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and my BA in political science from Emmanuel College in Boston. I’ve been a research assistant for the City of Lawrence Redevelopment Authority and a summer research fellow at the Beacon Hill Institute.

IMG_7436 (2)My research interests include economic sociology, political sociology, comparative and historical methods, social movements, and fiscal and social policy. My current research projects include a comparison of conceptions of deservingness in tax and welfare policy, an examination of the politics of the child tax credit, and a comparison of the views of Religious Right in the United States and Canada on child poverty. I am currently working on a manuscript for a book looking at the increasing use of tax credits as social policy and their effect (or lack thereof) on child poverty in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. You can find more information on this website. You can find my CV here.

I’m originally from Lowell, Massachusetts where we couldn’t tell you anything about Jack Kerouac but ask us about Micky Ward. The city and its rich history have been the source of my sociological imagination for as long as I can remember. I like to think I had a number of lessons on race, class, gender, politics, and urban economics long before I took my first sociology class in college. At the same time, I have the upmost appreciation for all the professors who nurtured my curiousity and introduced me to a new world of ideas. My intellectual influences include Max Weber, F.A. Hayek, and Viviana Zelizer.

I live in Beverly, MA with my wonderful wife, Mary, and our beautiful baby, Cecily. You can follow me on Twitter here.