My name is Kyle. I am a sociologist with a background in cultural geography. My love of an engaging topic and the chance to collaborate with inspiring peers has often led me to expand the boundaries of my research (and teaching). However, at the core, I am a theory-driven sociologist of physical culture with a particular interest in exploring the relationship between the embodied experience and the construction of narratives.
I currently am an Assistant Professor at The College at Brockport, State University of New York.
My research on pain and community in the mixed martial arts gym, the centrality of accounts and self-narrative in continued motivation, the connection between discourse and embodied experience, representations of masculinity in Super Bowl commercials, the relationship between binge drinking and athletic participation, and how people discuss socially controversial issues has appeared in journals such as Social Theory, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Social & Cultural Geography, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Qualitative Sociology, and International Review for the Sociology of Sport.
I take great pride in the sociological discipline and, for this reason, have sought out ways to make our contributions more accessible to a larger audience. With this goal in mind, I served on the editorial boards (and written features for) of both Contexts and The Society Pages. My attempts at more accessible writing can be found in The Social Side of Politics (Norton), Getting Culture (Norton), and Teaching Gender and Sex in Contemporary America (Springer).
This Fall, I will be launching the Give Theory a Chance podcast. I sincerely hope you give both podcasts a chance.
Teaching is one of the great joys of being an academic. Before arriving at SUNY Brockport, I taught at Utica College, Carleton College, and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. My commitment to the classroom experience has led to multiple teaching honors including the University of Minnesota Sociology Department’s Graduate Instructor of the Year and Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year Award and the SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award. At Utica, the Sigma Alpha Pi chapter selected me for the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award. And, after one year at Brockport, I am currently a finalist for the 2019 Presidential Teaching Excellence award. The majority of these awards are student nominated. That makes me happy.