Sam Stabler teaches in the sociology department at Hunter College (CUNY). His research contributes to ongoing debates in the sociology of religion, cultural sociology, and comparative historical sociology. His dissertation focuses on the links between religious institutions and the development of political space in New England’s Puritan missionary efforts. This research highlights how religious conflicts shape, and are shaped by, efforts to transform the built environment. In additional collaborative projects he studies the moral implications of routine sociological debate, the work and family lives of mothers who breastfeed, and the role of humor in sociological reasoning. Writing based on this research has appeared in Sociology of Religion, Demography, and Theory and Society. At Hunter, he teaches courses in Classical Sociological Theory, Current Sociological Theory, Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Sociological Research Methods, and The Sociology of Humor.