I have been studying men and masculinity in Vietnam for many years, and have expanded into looking at the experience of Vietnamese as they go through massive economic and social change. In addition I am an applied sociologist and consult to local governments across the United States on business process reengineering, change management, and municipal information technology.
Among his many academic experiences abroad, Harris has served as the core director of World Regional Geography for the Semester at Sea Program, director of the Vietnam Term Abroad Program and as presenter and respondent at the International Conference on Vietnamese Studies in Hanoi, Vietnam.
My scolarly involvement in service learning goes back to my involvement with the Learning and Mentoring Program (LAMP), a program through the New York State Department of Education aimed at researching and raising awareness of community-based service learning. As director of the Public Service Minor at the Colleges, I is committed to engagement in service as a means of putting sociological methods to use. I serve on the executive committee for We Care Committee of Geneva and actively participate in community service activities like Celebrate Service, Celebrate Geneva, a day-long service initiative that engages as many as 1,000 students, faculty, staff members and community members.As an Applied Sociologist I take my working knowledge of society and organizing systems to the real world, providing professional consultation to municipalities and businesses nationwide. I has conducted program and performance assessments in Burke County, North Carolina; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Elmira, New York; City of Milwaukee Water Works, Wisconsin; St. Paul, Minnesota and many other cities and counties. Locally, I work closely with the Geneva Housing Authority, and have served as an evaluator for the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Drug Elimination Grant in Geneva, New York, the local evaluatior for the federally funded Finger Lakes Even Start Family Literacy program, and the Service Coordinator evaluator at the Seneca Apartments in Geneva.