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I am an assistant professor of sociology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. I received my Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Tennessee and M.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Georgia. My research employs a social psychological perspective to issues of culture; mediated interaction (including social media and new communication technologies); media representations; gender; and deviance and crime. My most recent research examines social change in the Middle East, focusing on the role of new communication technologies, and my latest book (2011), “Creating Cultural Monsters: Serial Murder in America,” examines the sociocultural context of serial murder in the U.S. Before academia, I worked as a print and online journalist for nearly a decade.
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