Current Projects

Policing Guns

This project examines gun regulation “in action” by examining how state agents enforce gun law – including public law enforcement, gun board administrators, and border officials.

This project is funded by the Connaught New Researcher Award from the University of Toronto.

“Killed but Not Murdered: The Aftermath of Justifiable Homicide in an Age of Stand Your Ground.” 

In development.

“The New Politics of Gun Carry in Everyday Life” (under contract at Oxford University Press)

This book examines the increasing popularity of guns as self-defense tools among Americans, especially but not exclusively among white conservative men, since the 1960s. Millions of Americans now hold licenses to carry guns concealed – more than at any previous point in history.  This book focuses on Metro Detroit to argue that contemporary gun politics must be situated in contemporary dynamics of American decline. Questioning the simplistic categories popularly used to stereotype gun carriers, this book shows that gun politics are not just products of particular social contexts but that guns, and the practices associated with them, reshape social life.

“The Social Life of Gender: From Analysis to Critique” with Abigail Andrews and Raka Ray (under contract at Sage Publications)

How does gender organize social life? Rather than simply an “aspect” or “dimension” of social life, this handbook on gender provides a comprehensive approach to gender as an organizing social relation and presents a critical sociology based on the unique insights gleaned from the study of gender. The purpose of this book is both to raise questions about gender as an organizing social relation and develop students’ capacity to use gender analysis to interrogate social life more broadly. It does not provide an exhaustive (or exhausting!) overview of the field. This book is organized around a series of gender-focused questions that span culture, geopolitics, and political economy and that, together, provide students with a succinct, accessible and critical grasp on core debates in the sociology of gender.

In doing so, this text forefronts gender as processual (i.e., a social process that develops over time); as relational (i.e., gender practices and discourses take shape only in particular, geographically situated interactions); as multifaceted (i.e., gender implicates other lines of difference and emerges within multiple social institutions); and as normative (i.e., gender reproduces power and inequalities). Moreover, we argue that the effort to understand the social life of gender provides the inspiration for a particular sociological perspective. Looking at the social life of gender broadens the way we think about the social world in general by provoking us to reconsider received understandings of the categories that structure social life. We use our conceptualization of gender to develop a critical sociology informed by, but applicable far beyond, the sociology of gender.

For more on my published work, please visit my Publications page.