Paul is a demographer with substantive research and teaching interests in social theory, public policy, population & environment, and quantitative methods. He specializes in applying a demographic lens to contemporary public policy, and challenges himself to interpret the results within the wider lens of political economy and social theory. Within his teaching, Paul has considerable enthusiasm for teaching social theory and challenges himself and his students to innovate ways to apply the lens of theory toward practical and empirical scholarship. Within his research, he has developed geographic areas of focus in both the United States and Malawi. In his scholarly work, he draws on diverse, perhaps uncharacteristic, combinations of quantitative and qualitative methods and theoretical paradigms oriented toward pragmatic, engaged research and teaching. When he is not writing or teaching he can usually be found running, cycling, or skiing somewhere in one of the many state forests surrounding Ithaca.