I am a Professor of Sociology at Westminster College.
I have a B.A. degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Colgate University. I also have M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, I earned a Master's Certificate in Latin American Studies from Chapel Hill.
My current scholarship uses indepth interviews to discover and analyze the perceptions and experiences that local non-Amish residents have of and with their Old Order Amish neighbors. I interpret non-Amish criticisms of Amish cultural practices using a culturally relativist perspective that evaluates whether such practices represent legitimate cultural variations or cause harm in ways that make them problematic.
My areas of teaching interest include international studies, food, culture and society, indigenous cultures, women's lives in cross-cultural perspective (especially in the Global South), income inequality in the United States, the Amish community and "new religions" on the contemporary American landscape. I am committed to experiential learning and higher-order discussion in my classes.