Jean is a bit of a late-comer to formal sociology, though he feels he’s been sociological since childhood. Unable to understand the unhappiness around him, he decided at an early age to just “play the game by the rules,” hope for the best, and be sneaky the rest of the time. After a successful professional stint as a degreed Mechanical Engineer (in machine and new product design) and due to the moral shock of a poverty tour of Haiti in 1994, Jean left Corporate America and entered the “missions” by joining some immigrant activist groups along the US-Mexico border. While leading university delegations on reality tours of the border region (covering issues of neo-liberalism, trans-border labor exploitation, immigration, and narco-trafficking), he completed his MA in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2008 (with a focus on social issues) at the University of Texas at El Paso. This was his formal introduction to Sociology.
Currently, with the desire to someday teach, Jean has completed his academic requirements in the Sociology PhD program at George Mason University and is working on his dissertation: analyzing the interaction of social class and peoples’ thoughts and behaviors on the environmental issue of global climate change. He is also research assistant at the Institute for Immigration Research where he studies the economic contribution of immigrants in the United States. Jean is interested in how people make sense of the world through their taken-for-granted cultural activities and how this self-evident behavior contributes to the reproduction of structures of domination. He also analyzes the relationship between human (taken-for-granted) development, productivity, and environmental decline. Jean’s fields of research include: Social Class, Social Identity, Sociology of Culture, Consumption, and Environmental Sociology.
Selected Works Available Online
The Nobel Prize: Honoring Our Immigrants, Honoring Ourselves
Op-Ed | Nov. 5, 2013 | The Huffington Post
Dependents and Dependency: Immigrants and the Future of the American Economy
Op-Ed | July. 9, 2013 | The Huffington Post
Onions, Apples, Tomatoes and Immigration Reform: We Owe It to Ourselves
Op-Ed | Apr. 3, 2013 | The Huffington Post
Build Bridges, Not Fences: Thirty Percent of U.S. Nobel Laureates Are Foreign-born
Op-Ed | Jan. 11, 2013 | The Huffington Post
There Will Be Struggle: The Development and Operational Issues of Social Justice Programs at State Universities in the United States of America
Article | Aug. 2, 2010 | Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies