Welcome! Xosh Gelmisiniz! Bonjour! Gamarjoba! Konichiwa!

Baku Mosque near Baku Airport

I am currently a PhD student studying economic and cultural sociology at the University of Notre Dame. This is the landing page for my blog that I’ve maintained for a several years – most of the articles relate to my Peace Corps service in Azerbaijan. I occasionally dabble in other areas as an exercise in writing and trying to learn the ins-and-outs of webdesign, instead of the hodge-podge understanding that got me this far. If you are so inclined, you can check out my curriculum vita or follow me on Twitter or connect with me on LinkedIn


Although there is considerable overlap, click the following if you were directed here by an interest in Azerbaijan or the entire Caucasus region and click here if you are interested in sociology or more academic themes.

Feel free to jump to (by far) my most read post: The Evil Eye and Mountain Karma

I’m also working on an on-going mini-project to flex my theoretical muscles: Diagrams of Theory