I am currently a tenured Professor (Full) at Metropolitan State University of Denver. My teaching focuses on Methodology, Urban Sociology, Industry, Work, and Occupations, and Introduction to Sociology. My quantitative research interests tend to focus on social capital/networking, the creative class, social and economic development, organizational structure, health, and crime. I have been recognized for my teaching by Iowa State University winning their Excellence in Teaching Award as a Ph.D. candidate. I have also been recognized for my research winning best paper for 2013 from the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (sponsor of the academic journal Applied Research In Quality of Life).