I am a professor of sociology affiliated with the Center for German and European Studies, the George L. Mosse/Laurence A. Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, and the George L. Mosse Program in History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. I specialize in comparative-historical, cultural, and political sociology as well as social theory.

I earned my doctoral degree at the New School for Social Research with a dissertation on the contested rights of relief workers and workfare workers in the United States. I joined the faculty in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2001; in 2007 I was promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure; and in 2012 I was promoted to full professor. I have also been a visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a member of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative at the CUNY Graduate Center, and a European Institutes for Advanced Study Senior Fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg.

As a proud member of the American Federation of Teachers, I believe in the union’s old slogan: democracy in education, education for democracy.

“Il ne faut jamais perdre de vue quel est le but de l’instruction publique. Il s’agit de former non des ouvriers pour la fabrique ou des comptables pour le magasin, mais des citoyens pour la société.”
― Émile Durkheim