Doctoral Candidate

MA, Social Sciences, University of Chicago
BA, Geosciences, Williams College


My current research concerns processes of moral formation—and the institutions and knowledge systems that are concerned with moral formation—with a particular emphasis on how the boundary between the ‘religious’ and the ‘secular’ has been constructed in educational settings in the twentieth-century United States. Within sociology my interests span the sociologies of culture and knowledge, work and occupations, and social theory. I also have particular interests in the history and philosophy of the humanistic social sciences, moral and educational philosophy, and the history of American educational institutions. Prior to beginning graduate work at Chicago, I spent many years teaching oceanography, earth science, and maritime studies to students at the Sea Education Association, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and I remain interested in all things nautical.