Al is Professor of Sociology and an Affiliate Faculty member in the School of Government and Public Policy and the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship of the Eller College of Management. He is the Founding Director of the School of Sociology and was Interim Director of the School’s Care, Health and Society Program, to help facilitate a new B.S. degree in Care, Health, and Society. He has also been a lecturer and Visiting Professor at Stanford and the Naval Postgraduate School and has served as Launch Director, Strategic Studies and Border Sciences Center (2012-2012) and Director of Annual Initiatives, College of Social and Behavioral Science, University of Arizona (2010-2012).
Al’s interest in compassion studies has focused primarily upon identifying images and metaphors of God’s compassionate love and forgiveness as expressed in ordinary Hollywood movies. He and Father Andrew M. Greeley taught a long running, and popular undergraduate course called, God in the Movies; they went on to write a book of the same title in 2000. Al’s interest in comparative religion can also found in his books, The Depth of Shallow Culture: The High Art of Shoes, Movies, Novels, Monsters and Toys (2006), and The Sayyid Qutb Reader: Selected Writings on Politics, Religion, and Society (2008).