I am a sociologist who studies young people, inequality and education. My book about sexuality and gender in high school, Dude, You're a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School is available from the University of California Press.
My new book, Nice is Not Enough: Inequality and the Limits of Kindness at American High will be available in the summer of 2023. Nice is Not Enough tells the story of American High School, a school characterized by acceptance, connection, and kindness—a school where, a prominent sign states, “there is no room for hate.” This book describes how American High, like many high schools, uses a “regime of kindness” to address persistent inequalities. By examining how this regime of kindness works at American High Nice is Not Enough shows the limits of this approach and suggests ways we might begin to dismantle systemic inequalities in high school and beyond.
Along with professor Tristan Bridges, I recently edited Exploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity and Change which takes a fresh look at contemporary masculinities addressing varied lines of inequality: historical, racial, classed, sexual and embodied, among others. For teaching resources to accompany Exploring Masculinities please visit its Facebook and Twitter pages.