My scholarship explores the dynamic opportunity structures in the 21st century labor market. I am interested in how lifelong learning and social mobility are afforded and constrained in emerging forms of work. My commitment is to social equity and human development in a society that has grown more reliant on labor market participation for individual development, social integration, and the allocation of resources to citizens and among communities.
Three interrelated goals drive my scholarly-practice. First, I seek to build adult learning theory by contributing empirical insight into the dynamic relationship between work, learning, and social equity in a shifting economy. Second, I aim to inform workforce development policy and align it with the changing needs of employers, workers, and communities. Finally, I advocate for a new spirit of political-economic activism in the fields of adult education and human resource development (HRD), and I explore the curriculum, practice models, and ethos that may motivate practitioners to address inequities and build new opportunity structures in emerging forms of work.
I hold a Doctorate in Adult Leadership and Learning and a Masters in Adult and Continuing Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining the GW faculty, I had a 30 year career as an adult educator and workforce development practitioner in the US labor movement. I also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Liberia from 1981-1983.