Bachelor, South Dakota State University, Brookings, 1997. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, Madison, 2007.
Founding member, secretary London Hardcourt Bike Polo Association, since 2008. Organizing committee and executive board member Teaching Assistant Association, Madison, 1998—2000, labor solidarity committee co-chair and executive board member, 2000—2001. Member of American Sociological Association, Society Advancement Socio-Economics, Labor and Employment Relations Association, Sloan Industry Studies Affiliate, British Sociological Association.
Son of Lou and Judy Vidal, Connie Vidal (Stepmother). Married Ellen Christensen.