Although I am probably much better known as a Sociologist who studies Urban Neighborhoods and much more likely to define myself as an Activist or Public Scholar, almost all of my work has been "visual" in one way or another. I came to my first International Visual Sociology Association meeting in 1997 at the suggestion of a member of the American Sociological Association Urban Community Section who thought what I did was "Visual Sociology."
I love the debate that ensues when someone tells me, ‘you can’t read a photograph’. Knowing that the body of research continues to grow among visualistas considering the various aspects of all things visual heartens me and gives me backing for my debates.
I teach sociology at Wheaton College (MA) and have made documentary films. My major concern in visual sociology is to identify those methods and techniques that strengthen sociology's commitment to accounting for patterns in the social history of "how people do things together."
I am a visual scholar and researcher, with deep interest in the interrelationships between performance, embodiment, gender, and identity, as well as visual ethics, theory, and method in social research.