I am a scholar, author, educator, mentor and public speaker with interests in integrating sociological, philosophical and theological approaches to virtues and the common good. As an Associate Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, I teach classes such as philosophy of social science, religion and social theory, and intentional communities. In 2016, I started Scala Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to reinvigorating classical liberal arts education and preserving the ideas and practices necessary to maintain a free society. Scala’s reading groups, dinner seminars and travel events emphasize hospitality and friendship, aiming to help students connect their intellectual development with character formation and generating transformative educational experiences and authentic friendships.
I’m currently working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled Diving into Transcendence: Reflections on Grace in a Materialistic World. This project started as an exploration of the religious lives of young adults who have experienced traumatic life events. I reflect on how the structures and categories for explaining human suffering and struggles I began the project with were not adequate for understanding the richness and depth of human experience around experiences of physical, mental and moral pain. I learned how powerful our narratives are to reveal truths we’d rather cover up, how we struggle to have intimacy, and how even our worst experiences can lead us to wisdom and love.
After receiving my B.A. in Psychology from Yale University, I conducted fieldwork on the re-integration into civilian life of ex-combatants in Central America. I then earned my Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University, publishing my dissertation as the book, Faith Makes Us Live: Surviving and Thriving in the Haitian Diaspora (University of California Press, 2009). Before returning to Princeton in 2016, I was on the faculty of the Sociology Departments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007-2013) and Yale University (2013-2016).
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