Michael Wood received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are in the areas of consumer behavior, social change, culture and consumption. Current research projects focus on social and psychological influences on impulse buying, debt, and saving. He has published articles on symbolic consumer behavior, moral reform social movements, and on content and text analysis. He is the author (with Louis A. Zurcher) of The Development of a Post-Modern Self (Greenwood Press 1988), an historical analysis of changing conceptions of self in the U.S. He was a 1994 summer fellow at the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture, Boston University. He currently teaches courses in consumer behavior, research design and methodology, and marketing for nonprofit organizations.