Career highlights

  • Author of Wealth, Whiteness, and the Matrix of Privilege: The View from the Country Club (Lexington Books, 2013)


B.A., Wesleyan University
M.S., North Carolina State University
Ph.D., North Carolina State University

What online courses could a student possibly take from you?

Contemporary Social Issues

What do you like most about teaching online?

I love seeing, in confidential journals, students making connections between the course material and their own life stories.

What strategies do you use to keep students engaged?

There are several different things to read, to look at, to do each week. Some are graded, some are not. “Variety is the spice of life.”

How do you bring the industry to life in class?

We can put current events, from climate change to police brutality, into a larger social context. We learn the trends and get a more complete understanding from the relevant history, culture, and social structures.

Do you have any advice for prospective students?

Online learning requires initiative. The menu is rich and varied, but nobody brings you a plate — you must make the move to visit the buffet. 

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