Dr. Foster, the writer and publisher of this blog, was born and raised in New York City and, subsequently, on its Long Island suburbs. He is a tenured full professor of sociology at a suburban Kansas City community college, the owner of The MarkFoster.NETwork™, and the founding director of The Structurization Institute™ and The League to Fight Neurelitism™.
As a sociologist (Ph.D. in sociology and history), Foster specializes in the sociology of religion, social theory, public sociology, and clinical sociology. He has been teaching sociology in higher education since 1980 (full-time beginning in 1985) and is a former president of the Kansas Sociological Society.
While an undergraduate student, he majored in magazine journalism, and his current activities in this field lie principally in the area of advocacy journalism. He is passionately concerned with issues of human, including civil, rights and actively promotes social justice for autistics. Even in junior high (middle) school, in the late 1960s, he advocated, with the Students Democratic Coalition, for the rights of migrant farm workers, picketing a supermarket and distributing pledge cards to boycott California grapes.