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 Living a Broken Life, Beautifully that explores the religious lives of young adults who have experienced traumatic life events. My research has been funded by two grants from the John Templeton Foundation totaling more than $3 million.
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). As a faculty resident fellow of Calhoun College at Yale, I led numerous student discussion groups about the art and science of happiness, and guided students towards practical applications that improve their wellbeing and that of others around them.
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