Ph.D. (Sociology 1995) University of California, Davis. 

Dissertation: Crimes of Passage: The Socialization of Immigrant Youth (Published as book: Crime and Immigrant Youth, 1999)

M.A (Sociology) University of California, Davis, 1990. 

M.S. (Biological Sciences) California Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, 1986.

B.S. (International Agricultural Development) University of California, Davis, 1978.

Permanent Academic Appointments

2022-2025: Visiting Scientist, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany.  Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization.

2016-2022: Lecturer to Professor of Sociology, PhD program in Peace Studies, Payap University, Chiangmai, Thailand. (Academic Rank announced in Royal Gazette of Thailand, February 2021).

1998-2021: Assistant to Full Professor of Sociology, California State University, Chico.  Emeritus status, August 2021.


English: Native

Thai: Working Professional Knowledge

Swahili: Working Professional Knowledge

German: Working Professional Knowledge

Mandarin: Beginner--four semesters study in 2011-2015

University Administrative Experience

2002-2006: Chair, Department of Sociology, California State University, Chico.

2017-2022: Director, Institute for Religion, Culture, and Peace, Payap University, Thailand

2020-2021: Chair, Department of Sociology, California State University, Chico


2021: Professor of Sociology as announced by the Office of the Prime Minister. Published in the Thai Royal Gazette, and acknowledged by King Rama X.

2011: Outstanding Professor, CSU Chico Academic Senate

2011-2012: President, California Sociological Association

2010: Outstanding Faculty Award, Asian Graduation Celebration Committee, CSU Chico

2008: Keynote Address, “The Invention of Murder” College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Colloquium

Work History Outside Regular Appointments

2018-now: Guest Columnist, Irrawaddy Magazine (Yangon)

2012-2013: Guest Professor W-3, Leuphana University, Germany (single classes in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020 and 2022). 

2008-2010: Research Professor, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Vocational Education in Prisons project

2007-2008: Guest Professor, Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany

2003-2004: Fulbright Scholar (Teaching/Research) assigned to the Department of Sociology, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

1997-1998: Post-graduate Researcher, University of California, Davis, Positive Parenting for Parolees Project

1996-1998: Lecturer, California State University, Chico, Department of Sociology.

1994-1996: Program Officer, Lutheran World Federation, Rwanda Refugee Relief Program, Tanzania.  Manager of programs to assist refugees fleeing the war and genocide in Rwanda in 1994.  More information can be found in my book Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan.

1989-1994: Various Teaching and Research Positions, University of California, Davis, including for Professor Gary Hamilton (Chinese Business Networks in Thailand). 

1984-1987: Special Projects Officer, Lutheran World Federation, for programs of Burundian refugee relief and development, Tanzania.

1983-1984: Project Manager, Phanat Nikhom Refugee Camp, Chonburi, Thailand.  Employed by International Rescue Committee, seconded to Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees.

1982: Sanitarian, Ban Nam Yao Refugee Camp, Nan, Thailand.  Employed by the International Rescue Committee

1980-1983: Peace Corps Volunteer Malaria Zone Office, Phrae, Thailand.