He is an associate professor of sociology at Brigham Young University.
He studies nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, and the legal, cultural, and moral boundaries that separate the two sectors, including how people think about efforts to address social problems. In recent projects, he has investigated the fair trade and socially responsible investing industries, how entrepreneurs choose between nonprofit and for-profit forms, and social movement activism in the apparel industry during the 1990s.
He is also interested in the morals/markets branch of economic sociology. One of my current projects examines how friends and families negotiate relationships in the context of direct selling (sometimes referred to as multi-level marketing).
He teaches courses in economic sociology and qualitative research methods.