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I’m glad you asked! I live in Emmaus and am the father of two kids who have gone through the East Penn School District. I served as a school board member in the district from 2013-2021. And even though my wife will probably kill me for doing so, let me share a winter 2023 photo of the four of us:

By day I’m a professor of sociology and chair of the Sociology & Anthropology Department at Lehigh University. I received my BA from the University of Chicago in 1993 and my PhD from Harvard University in 2002.

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I'm a dad, community volunteer, and taxpayer who believes public education is foundational to our communities and to our democracy. I served as a school board member in the East Penn School District from 2013 to 2021.