I was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. I was a social worker in Philadelphia in the mid-1990s, and in 2006 I got my PhD from the Department of Sociology of The Ohio State University. In 2007, my wife and I got jobs as academics at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences. My main research interest is in inequality. I try to explain how, in modern democracies, groups who are socially and economically disadvantaged are also politically disadvantaged. I examine political inequality from international, intersectional and interdisciplinary perspectives.
During my graduate school years, I acquired the habit of working with colleagues and teams and co-authoring publications with them. I find that working with others on research projects enhances both the product and my enjoyment of the process. It lets me into projects beyond my own research, stimulating new ideas and encouraging creativity and productivity, and it allows me to pursue a wider agenda in my own research projects. Working with colleagues and teams also led me to edit and promote the work of my fellow scholars in the international social science community. This includes my new book, Political Inequality in an Age of Democracy: Cross-national Perspectives, published by Routledge.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Social stratification, political inequality, sociology of elites, sociology of sport, urban sociology, gender and politics, intersectionality, interdisciplinarity and area studies in Eastern Europe