Associate Professor of
Time at Smith: three years
Previous job: Sociology Professor at Clark
Why Smith?: ‘This is a great place to teach. I met Rick Fantasia and he said the students here were really engaged- plus I think students rock at Smith.
Favorite Film: I hardly ever see movies.
Favorite Books: Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families Under Facism, by Alexander Stille, has five of the most gripping stories I’ve ever read. It also proves that history is more incredible than fiction.
Cross Town traffic: Jimi Hendrix and the Post War Rock and Roll Revolution, by Charles Shaar Murray. It’s wonderful on diverse origins of modem American culture.
Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey into the Heart of the American Dream. I like it because no one knows how to drive a stake into the heart of US mainstream culture like Thompson does.
College: BA and MA in history at Johns Hopkins, PhD in Sociology at University of Michigan
Nicknames: In college my roommates called me Schteiny. At Clark they called me Mr. Professor Head because of my radio show.
Pets: No, I’ve become allergic.
Hobbies: No time for anything, except maybe music.
What word best describes you?: Contradictory.
How old is your answering machine message?: Three years old.
Do you believe in reincarnation?: No, once I’m decomposed, I’m decomposed.
Most deviant action ever: You can just say that I’m not sure if the statute of limitations has expired on it.
Advice: Everybody should go out and buy the new Social Distortion album.
Last Words: “When the going gets weird, the weird tum pro,” Hunter S .. Thompson.
compiled by Camilla Meshiea