About

I am an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Wichita State University.

My work has been published in a wide range of journals in sociology, urban affairs, and educational research, including Sociology of EducationCity & Community, and Urban Studies, and it has been profiled in The AtlanticThe Boston GlobeVoxThe Wichita Eagle, and other prominent media outlets.

My research focuses on inequality, segregation, and gentrification in American cities and schools.  I have examined the motivations of middle-class parents who choose to enroll their children in inner-city public schools, drawing out some of the implications of those choices for their neighborhoods, their schools, and broader patterns of gentrification.

I have also pursued a broader research agenda focusing on American educational inequality, researching macro-level changes in enrollment and segregation trends in American urban school districts, and investigating the impact of parents’ racial attitudes on their likelihood of enrolling in racially diverse schools.

I am currently engaged in an ongoing research project related the nature of urban identity and the causes, manifestations, and consequences of gentrification, particularly as it affects smaller cities like Wichita, KS.  I am active in local affairs in Wichita, and my research on local trends in economic development, gentrification, and inequality in Wichita has appeared both in academic publications and in periodic commentaries in The Wichita Eagle.

I live in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Wichita with my wife Maya, our son Alistair, and Jack.

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