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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. Most of my research employs a symbolic interactionist perspective to issues of culture and social connection. My most recent work examines the role of new media technologies in social change, and I also conduct research on media effects and the sociocultural context of violence. Before academia, I worked as a print and online journalist for nearly a decade.
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