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Academic. Writer. Activist. Photographer.
When possible I combine my overlapping interests, but often I go off in different directions. In general I aim more for breadth - linking different things together - than for digging deeper and deeper into a narrower subject. I also have a related blog (now stagnant) and photo site (very much current).
In 1998 I retired early from a job as professor of legal studies and psychology at the University of Illinois at Springfield (formerly called Sangamon State University, a much more interesting place). Much of my academic work addresses the interconnections among psychology, law, and justice. Using a perspective building on anarchism and critical psychology, I'm especially concerned about mainstream psychology's support for an unjust status quo. The second edition of my co-edited book Critical Psychology: An Introduction was published in 2009.
My academic credentials, complete publication details, and related information are listed in my curriculum vita (pdf file).
Longest job: 1988-2005, legal studies and psychology associate professor, University of Illinois at Springfield
Others: Folk dance instructor/performer (a very long time ago), camp counselor, high school equivalency instructor, Social Security claims representative, unemployment advocate, temp worker (clerical and other jobs), coder, messenger, embossing press operator (I really liked this one), emergency medical technician (ambulance attendant), editorial writer, teaching assistant, community college adjunct instructor, disability examiner, postdoc student, newspaper columnist, writer, photographer, webmaster, editor.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1949 and have lived most recently in Boston, Massachusetts. I've lived other places for school, jobs, politics, family, adventure:
- 1949: In Brooklyn, I lived on Ocean Parkway, then Brownsville, then Canarsie
- 1966-67: A year in Israel after high school
- 1967-1970: Back in Brooklyn, for Brooklyn College
- 1970s: East Lansing, Michigan (grad school at Michigan State, 1970-72); Israel again (kibbutz); Newburgh, NY; Boston (South End, Jamaica Plain, Allston); Somerville, Mass.; Red Hook, NY; Brooklyn again (Park Slope 1977-78); Los Angeles; Somerville again, for the 1979 Seabrook occupation attempt
- 1980s: Atlanta; Somerville yet again; East Lansing one more time and then Lansing (back in grad school); Cambridge, Mass.; Lincoln, Nebraska (post-doc at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
- 1988-1998: Springfield, Illinois (Sangamon State University/University of Illinois at Springfield)
- Since 1998: back in Boston for the fifth time.
- Fall 2009: In Toronto for the fall semester to teach a seminar at York University
- 2010: back to Boston - in 2012-2013 in East Boston.
- 2013-2014: I'm wandering around the US and elsewhere.
- 2014-August 2015: Back in East Boston once again!
- 2015 September - back to wandering, first southwards, then in October to Budapest and elsewhere.
My early retirement resulted from disability-related fatigue. As these things go my multiple sclerosis is mild, not visible, and not progressing. Ironically, I used to work for the Social Security Administration's disability program; the paper I later wrote about the politics of subjective disability evaluation is the most-visited page on this website. So far I've only written briefly about my experience on the other side.
I have three children from two marriages -- a 20-something daughter and two sons 20 years older than that. And two granddaughters!
No longer married, I'm back in the world of ethical non-monogamy. The terms polyamory and relationship anarchy apply generally to my evolving relationships even though there's no agreement about what the term means. My 2001 essay about being a married anarchist needs an update.
I used to be a vegetarian, for a variety of moral, nutritional, ecological, political, and financial reasons. They're all good reasons, but I'm no longer a vegetarian.
Someday I'd like to abandon the Internet. Not yet.
I remain in transition. Always.
For the past couple of years I've gone back and forth between wandering the US and sometimes Europe and returning to Boston. I expect to continue this for another year or so, but without a real plan. I continue to work on my various projects as best I can, though I'm planning to explore new directions along the way.
Avram, his wife Rie, and my granddaughters Airi and Maaya are about to leave the US once again, this time for Okinawa. Their blog describes past travels and current explorations and impressions.
Milo pursues a variety of creative pursuits in Florida while supporting himself in traditional struggling-artist fashion. See his website.
some political, most not
Page updated August 4, 2015