Professor Lair is a graduate of the University of Maryland (Ph.D. and M.A.) and Arizona State University (B.A.). He teaches a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology; Wealth, Power, and Prestige, Introduction to Sociological Theory; and Theories of Capitalism. His research focuses on the sociology of outsourcing, work, and the economy. Over the past few years, he has focused on two projects: the sociological exploration of advertisements for nannies on Craigslist, and the trend of individuals and businesses hiring companies to write greeting cards on their behalf.
Economic Sociology, Sociological Theory, The Sociology of Work