David Aday

David Aday
  • Professor, Sociology and Community Studies

About David Aday

Professor of Sociology and Community Studies
Reves Fellow for International Service Learning, 2008-2010
Academic Director of Students for Medical Outreach and Sustainability (SOMOS, Paraiso, Dominican Republic) and Medical Aid Nicaragua: Outreach Scholarship (MANOS) .
B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Sociology

My current teaching and research interests focus on community, the ways in which people live and work together to solve collective problems. This interest has emerged over a career of interests in crime, regulatory arrangements and theory, and a deep distrust of hierarchical and coercive strategies of “helping” and “managing” in human affairs. My work in the Dominican Republic and in Nicaragua represents a shift from issues of security and social control to those of health and well-being. I see the two as inherently related and believe that effective communities must find ways to solve these and other persistent and thorny problems. Students have taught me much over the years — not the least, the need to continue to learn and to press forward to create and use knowledge. Students are responsible directly for my current work in community health and for my involvement in the two most exciting projects (SOMOS and SHC) of my now lengthy career.

Posts by David Aday

Progress in Chaguite?

Chaguite, Nicaragua, March 8, 2015.  Today is the opening community meeting for this year’s project trip.  The meeting is scheduled for 2pm.  Dr. Kenneth

An ode

Cuje is a mystery: her treasures are few and oddly concentrated; resource-brokers played favorites, inequalities reinforced by good intentions are sustaining injustice, sustaining need; years

Authentic engagement and undergraduate research

Working side-by-side with residents of Chaguite, Nicaragua and Esfuerzo, Dominican Republic, W&M students are trying to understand how communities can improve health and access

First, do no harm?

SOMOS and MANOS began in part in response to enthusiastic developments in higher education that suggested a happy confluence among the following: the energy

Community Development?

Why are we in the Dominican Republic?  This question was featured prominently at SOMOS beginning-of-the-year retreat on Saturday.  A version of the question (about

An open letter to SOMOS and MANOS seniors, May 2014

I make my living with words and, most times, I’m able to say something close to what I’m thinking and feeling. I am rarely

Newbies step up

The MANOS students had reason for concerns about language proficiency and depth for the annual project trip.  Two of our most talented and experienced teammates would

Chaguite, Cuje, Clinic

We have worried about the value of our annual clinic since we first opened the doors in 2007.  We intended NOT to be a

It’s Not Linear; 2/28/14

In November 0f 2009, I wrote that SHC was becoming MANOS and that the timing seemed more than incidental.  (And, it happened even before