Header photo: Kanchenjunga, the highest peak in India, February 26, 2019


We all seek meaning. I find mine in social sciences, humanitarian work, and martial arts. On this website you can find the details of my research, teaching, and community service.

I believe in engaged scholarship. Analytic research ought to be combined with public service and advocacy for social causes.

My other interests and hobbies are walking, travelling, and playing the guitar.

Some fine books on meaning:

All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly

Stand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze by Svend Brinkmann

Everything Is F*cked: A Book about Hope by Mark Manson

Selected quotes:

The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned. – Antonio Gramsci

The control of the economic system by the market … means no less than the running of society as an adjunct to the market. – Karl Polanyi

Structures of oppression are ontologically real but politically false; enemies are ontologically false but politically real. – Stefan Dolgert