Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics & Society, Chapman University
I am an interdisciplinary social scientist whose interests span race and ethnicity, comparative-historical research and methods, religion, and political economy. My research investigates how social boundaries intertwine with political development and institutional change to facilitate opportunities for exclusion and violence. I do so by exploring two themes: the macro-level social construction of race and ethnicity as part of state formation; and, more broadly, the contexts and processes that promote social change. My research brings a unique historical perspective to debates about ethnic cleavages, political mobilization, and macro-level change in social policy. Additionally, I apply my sociological expertise to problems of access and equity in higher education.