Associate Professor of Sociology
- Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1998
Doctoral Dissertation: "White Racialists, Computers, and the Internet: A Macro, Meso, and Microlevel Analysis."
M.A. University of California-Santa Barbara, 1993
Master's Thesis: "The Importance of Music in the Deadhead and Skinhead Countercultures."
B.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1990
Research and Teaching Interests
- Social Movements/White Power Movement
- Race Relations
- Sociology of the Internet/Internet Research Methods
2008 “Technical Advances in Communication, Strategic Framing Practices and Tertiary Deviance: The example of White Racialist ‘Love Groups’ and ‘White Civil Rights Organizations,’” Pp. 77-99 in Identity Work in Social Movements, edited by Jo Reger, Daniel Myers & Rachel Einwoher. Minneapolis, MN: U. of Minnesota Press.
2004 Book Review: "Mattias Gardell, Gods of the Blood: The Pagan Revival and White Separatism." Mobilization: An International Journal 9(2).
2001 "Issue and Identity Framing Within the White Racialist Movement: Internet Dynamics." The Politics of Social Inequality, 9: 207-231.
1999 "Studying your Enemy: Ethical Guidelines for Online Research." Iowa Journal of Communication, 31(1): 68-76.
1999 "Subordinate Group." in Racial and Ethnic Relations in America, edited by Carl L. Bankson, III. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.
1998 "White Nationalist Media-Constructed Rituals: The Interplay of Technology and the Core Codes." Pp. 21-29 in American Ritual Tapestry: Social Rules and Cultural Meanings in Contemporary America, edited by Mary Jo Deegan. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
2009 “Pedophilia as Legitimate Sexuality.” Popular Culture/American Culture Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.
2008 “The Case for Pedophilia and White Supremacy.” Liberal Arts Colloquium, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN.
2008 “A Typology of Transformation Frames in Tertiary Deviance: Frame Transformation in the Pro-Pedophilia and White Racialist Movements.” Midwest Sociological Society Meeting, St. Louis, MO.
2007 "Frame Transformation and Tertiary Deviance: A Typology of Transformation Frames in the Pro-Pedophilia and White Racialist Movements" Southern Sociological Society Meetings, April, Atlanta, GA.
2006 "Deviance and the Internet: A Case Study of the ProAna, Child Love and White Racialist Movements" Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, April, Omaha, NE.
2005 "The White Power Movement, Computers and the Internet: The Interplay of Social Movement and Counter-Movement Tactics" Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, April, Minneapolis, MN.
2004 "Deviant Identity Management Techniques, Racialist or Racist?" Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, April, Kansas City, MO.
2003 "The Influence of the Internet on the White Power Movement: The Interplay of Social Movement and Counter-Movement Tactics." Association of Internet Researchers' Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario.
2003 "Tactical Innovation, Technical Advances in Communication, and Tertiary Deviance: The example of White Racialist "Love Groups" and "White Civil Rights Organizations."" Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction Annual Meeting, August, Atlanta, GA.
2003 "Tertiary Deviance and New Media: White Racialist "Love Groups" and "White Civil Rights Organizations." Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, Il.
2003 "Reich n' Roll and Folk, and Country, andů: The Growing Importance of Music to the White Power Movement." USI Liberal Arts Colloquium.
2002 "Music and Resistance: The Growing Importance of Music to the White Racialist Movement." Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI.
1999 "Micro, Meso, and Macro Level Analysis of Social Movements: A Case Study of White Racialist Use of the Internet." Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1999 "Cleavages and Cooperation in the White Racialist Movement: The Impact of the Internet." Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1998 "Using Computers to Gain Access to Marginalized Social Movements: A New Solution to an Old Problem." Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri.
1998 "Interviewing Racialists: Risks, Representativeness and Rapport." Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri.
1998 "Racialist Politics and the Internet." Public Discourse and Human Values' Conference on Politics and the Media, Lincoln, Nebraska.
1997 "White Racialists, Computers, and the Internet." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario.
1996 "Media Representations, Cognitive Schema, and Their Effects." Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
1995 "Objectivity and Generalizability in Three Ways of Knowing." Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
1995 "Race and Gender in Science." No Limits Regional Women's Studies Conference, Lincoln, NE.
1994 "Media Representations, Cognitive Schema, and Their Effects." Social Psychology Colloquia, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
1993 "The Emergence of Skinheads in the United States, Great Britain and the World." Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, Miami, FL.
1989 "The Social Bond Theory as an Explanation of Deviance." Nebraska Undergraduate Research Symposium Annual Meeting, Kearney State College, Kearney, NE.
University Courses Taught at USI
- Principles of Sociology (Soc 121)
- Sociology Seminar: Social Construction of Drugs (Soc 370)
- Criminology (Soc 225)
- Juvenile Delinquency (Soc 235)
- Sociology of Deviant Behavior (Soc 426)
- Sociology Seminar: Hate Groups and Hate Crime (Soc 370)
- Independent Study in Sociology (Soc 489)
- Independent Study in Criminal Justice (Crim 489)
- Internship in Sociology (Soc 499)
- Internship in Criminal Justice (Crim 499)