My scholarly agenda encompasses environmental and community sociology, resource dilemmas, cities, human-animal relations, and culture. Using an ethnographic approach, I examine how people’s relationships with the environment and animals shape, and are shaped by, the social world. My first book, "The Global Pigeon," examined what I call "the social experience of animals"--that is, how our interactions with animals are mediated by ideas about nature, culture, and cities. I am currently working on a book, based on fieldwork in North Central Pennsylvania, on how shale gas extraction--aka fracking--impacts rural community life. I also write about ethnographic methods.