SOCIAL SCIENTIST, OCCASIONAL BLOGGER, & WANABE PHOTOGRAPHER
I've published three books to date, all examining the interaction of social networks with individual and group behavior. The first two explore "dark networks" (i.e., covert and illegal networks), while the third examines the various ways in which religious belief and practice affects and is affected by social networks.
God, Politics, and Baseball is my occasional blog in which I explore the intersection of religion, politics, and society.
I am currently a Professor in the Defense Analysis Department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. I earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University, an M.A. in Sociology from San Jose State University, an M.Div. from Vanderbilt University, and a B.S.C. in Accounting from Santa Clara University.
Before becoming an academic, I played professional baseball, worked as a CPA, earned a black belt in Tae Kwan Do, and co-pastored a congregation with my wife Deanne. We have two children, both of whom we are quite proud: Brendan, who graduated from the University of Oregon in 2016 and University of San Francisco Law School in 2021 and now works for Anderson Tax in San Francisco; and Tara, who graduated from UC Berkeley in 2021 and now works for the Human Rights Foundation in the Empire State Building in New York (I've threatened to dress as Buddy the Elf one of these Christmases).