I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology at Gettysburg College, having received my Ph.D. in 2012 from Syracuse University. I am a committed teacher-scholar who enjoys both my time in the classroom and engaging in innovative digital culture and online behavior research.
My current scholarship examines the implications of the integration and normalization of online communication technologies in the lives of Millennials and Gen Z. Specifically, I seek to understand the impact of strategic surveillance by corporate media platforms to collect, distribute, manage and utilize individual level data on participants’ perceptions of privacy, individual identity representation, and group affiliation.
In addition to research, I am extremely passionate about teaching and treasure my time in the classroom. In my Teaching Philosophy I discuss my commitment to a diverse, rigorous and student centered classroom. My Teaching Materials are designed to support this philosophy. I am committed to principles of inclusion, social justice and active scholarship. Teaching is one of the most important, and in many ways, most challenging part of a faculty members work. It is a challenge that I enjoy a great deal!
I am at heart, a qualitative researcher who believes that giving voice to my research participants provides robust and valuable data about the social world. I was fortunate to attend Syracuse University and learn from some of the best qualitative researchers in the field. My dissertation work was conducted under the supervision of the postmodern theorist Dr. Jackie Orr and feminist scholar Dr. Marjory DeVault, and my subsequent work has made contributions not only to substantive theorizing in youth culture, technology studies, socialization and inequality, but also to the emerging field of online research methods. Through an examination of the intersections between society and technology, my current research focuses on the technological cultural practices among college students and how it shapes their lives.
email@example.com • Gettysburg College • (717) 337-6194