I promote social justice through research, teaching, and organizing. As a researcher, I study virtue in organized life. I focus on topics like altruism, compassion, and social justice in nonprofit organizations. I take a participatory action, qualitative approach to research design and strive to help communities discover creative ways to improve organized action. As a teacher, I take a socially-engaged experimental learning approach. I facilitate connections between my students and organizations in the community, which both improves learning objectives and allows students to make an impact. As an activist, I work to help communities flourish and promote social justice. Most recently I have worked within the context of homeless issues. As it turns out, research, teaching, and community action are highly interrelated. Good research improves community action by providing theory-based practices and improves teaching by providing up to date knowledge. Good teaching improves research by inspiring new questions and improves community action by enabling student impact. Finally, community action improves teaching by giving students hands on experience and exposure to social issues and improves research by making methods more sensitive and effective. Ultimately, it is in the intersection between teaching, research, and community action that Dewey’s (1939) project of creative democracy becomes clear. By mutually considering practical, theoretical, and justice components of knowledge, we move dynamically toward betters societies. Each of the three is a critical component in a discourse that ever moves human experience toward more ordered richness.
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Pragmatic Fieldwork: Qualitative Research for Creative Democracy and Social Action, Journal of Social Justice (2013)
This paper sets the foundation for a new method for addressing social problems called pragmatic...
Organizing Compassionate Communication, Arizona State University - Public Dissertation Defense (2013)
Organizing Compassionate Communication: Pragmatic Fieldwork with Nonprofits and Homeless Young Adults, ProQuest (2013)
In an effort to understand and improve interactions between homeless young adults and the nonprofit...