Research

My research area is moral psychology in light of oppression theory with a focus on those who occupy dominant roles in society.

My book, Murdering Myths: The Story Behind the Death Penalty (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) examines American's deep-seated allegiance to a narrative that justifies violence as a means of justice. Drawing on interviews with death row prisoners and families who have lost loved ones to murder, I show how this story is shared by all. Yet some family members are beginning to tell a new narrative that calls for moral vision and for citizens to play a new role this new script.

My current book project, Human Liberation: Habit and Vice, examines how liberationists understand how those in oppressor roles acquire habits that perpetuate the status quo. A model is presented of how habits are imposed on the young, and how people can undertake to dismantle their habits of subjugation.