That motto under my name? It’s my high-school motto, borrowed from Seneca – and I use it in the first lecture for most of my classes these days. I’m a firm believer that academic research can and should be useful to all of us in our day-to-day lives.

My favorite classes are ones chock full of fodder for cocktail party conversation. Cool ideas and new perspectives. Fun facts and counterintuitive approaches. Knowledge that will hopefully germinate into food for thought for years to come.

I’ve taught classes on the Sociology of Marriage, Social Change, Self-Help in Society, Sociology of Gender and Sociology of Everyday Life. Currently I’m teaching a class on Consuming Happiness, and part of the team designing a new course on the Ecology of Human Thriving. If you’re an academic interested in teaching a course on one of these subjects, feel free to email me for more information about my syllabus, readings and assignments.