Born and raised around the Long Lake/Maple Plain (MN) area near the Twin Cities, I graduated from Orono High School, Augsburg College (BA),Minnesota State University at Mankato (MA), and Iowa State University (PhD), with additional work at Oberlin College, the University of Minnesota. I have been a college professor at a number of sites in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, and South Dakota, teaching a broad range of courses in sociology. I also have some experience teaching and doing research in the former republics of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.
I currently live in the Bluff Country of southeast Minnesota, and am self-employed as a practicing sociologist, working with community development, economic development, grant writing, consulting to non profits and city committees, and teaching online for Kaplan University in the social sciences.
Technology tools and applications, Environment, Societal implications, Careers in nano, Envisioning the future