Current Professional Memberships

  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • American Sociological Association
  • Society for Research on Adolescence

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I study the social organization of formal and informal educational settings such as schools, classrooms, and peer groups.  Mainly focused on adolescents in these contexts, my projects have examined topics ranging from school transitions, middle level grade span configuration, peer relations, and parental influences.  Despite the diversity of these topics, they share a focus on adolescents' social relations and the methodological techniques used to assess their association with educational outcomes.    

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Sociology, Sacred Heart University, 2018-2022
  • Professor of Quantitative Research Methods, Montclair State University, 2010-2018 (previously Associate)
  • Associate Professor of Educational Foundations, The City University of New York, College of Staten Island, 2004-2010 (previously Assistant)

Administrative Appointments

  • Dean, Graduate Studies, Sacred Heart University, 2018-2021
  • Associate Dean, The Graduate School, Montclair State University, 2014-2018


  • PhD, Sociology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • MPhil, Sociology, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
  • BA, Sociology, Rutgers University