My research focuses on the relationship between media consumption, public opinion
of crime, and criminal behavior.
Specifically, I am interested in how depictions of violence and crime shape viewers’
attitudes and actions.
This interest has led to a number of publications and research projects looking at
the influence of media on such views as public opinion of the police, fear of crime,
attitudes toward immigration, and opinion of criminal sentencing.
Further, my dissertation work links media consumption to criminal behavior directly
and through its influence on noneconomic institutions like education, the family,
In current research, I have finished a quantitative and qualitative content analysis
of the television series Law and Order
and I plan on conducting a number of projects using this data.
I am also presently involved in a project analyzing the role of September 11th
in shaping attitudes toward immigration in the United States and subsequent changes
to immigration law.
I would welcome the opportunity to work with students on these or related research
I have a broad range of teaching interests and experiences.
Courses that I have taught previously or that I am scheduled to teach in the future
include Introduction to Sociology, Criminology, Media, Crime and Public Opinion, Corporate
and Political Deviance, and Law and Society.
I am also interested in developing new courses related to my research and interests
Fall 2013 Classes:
Introduction to Sociology
Corporate and Political Deviance