About Jim

I earned a PhD in sociology at Johns Hopkins University, where I had the very good fortune to study with two young professors who were early proponents of Immanuel Wallerstein’s world-system perspective on the development of capitalism.  In that perspective, I found the potential to connect my love of intellectual challenges with my desire to bring more justice to the world, and I became deeply interested in workforce trends and the creation of work and income opportunities in society.

I opted out of a traditional academic career.  Over the years since graduate school  I combined working with human service organizations and teaching sociology courses part-time at community colleges.

I have managed a homeless shelter; taught computer, academic and job readiness skills to people in welfare-to-work programs; worked for a community development credit union in a low-income community; and provided Medicare and Medicaid counseling to low-income seniors.  I did a four year stint (the last two working on workforce development issues) as a research associate with a Michigan organization engaged in policy analysis and advocacy on behalf of low-income families.

Having partially retired, I now have the opportunity to develop and present a perspective on U.S. labor force trends and employment issues that I have been informally and sporadically working on for twenty-five years.


PhD, Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

My graduate studies included courses in research methods, statistics (including econometrics), and two economics courses, in addition to  topical sociology courses.

My dissertation work included extensive research into the economic and political history of the U.S. in the first half of  the 19th century.

BA, Sociology, University of Central Florida

Relevant Publications and Papers

Replacing the Concept of Externalities to Analyze Constraints on Global Economic Growth and Move Toward a New Economic Paradigm, Cadmus, October 19, 2014.

Lead writer, Working for a Living in Michigan: State Workforce Policies and Low-Income Workers, report published by the Michigan League for Human Services, May 2003.

Contributing writer, Out of Date and Out of Reach: Michigan’s Unemployment System Needs Repair, report published by the National Employment Law Project and the Michigan League for Human Services, March 2002.

With Bill Harvey, a series of 6 articles on labor issues, The Baltimore Chronicle, Baltimore City, September 1989 – April 1990.

With Michael Timberlake, “Structure of the Labor Force in the World System,” in Michael Timber (Ed.), Urbanization in the World Economy.  New York: Academic Press, 1985.

States, Capitalist Competition, and the Movement to Civil War in the United States, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1984.

“Political Regionalism and Struggles for State Hegemony,” in Richard B. Rubinson (Ed.), Dynamics of World Development. Beverly Hills: Sage, 1981.