Joe is Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty in Sociology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. As Assistant Director of the CFT he is responsible for consulting and running programs that assist Vanderbilt faculty to improve their teaching, including efforts to enhance environmental education and community-based teaching/learning. In his teaching, he touches on a variety of topics, including class and economic equality, globalization and social change, environmental justice, poverty and social policy, social movements, and U.S./Mexican relations. His past research investigated the many ways that social movement organizations have responded to economic changes associated with globalization, especially the efforts of U.S. and Mexican labor movements to forge coalitions to address problems associated with export processing. His current research focuses on the scholarship of community engagement and sustainability pedagogy in higher education. In both his teaching and research, he has combined the goals of education with community development, particularly by assisting anti-poverty, labor, and environmental organizations. He has published and presented his work widely, most notably Coalitions Across Borders: Transnational Protest and the Neo-liberal Order (2004), edited with Jackie Smith.