I am a Neukom Fellow in the Neukom Institute at Dartmouth College, where I am affiliated with the Department of Film & Media Studies and the Department of Sociology. I received my PhD in sociology from the University of California, San Diego through the interdisciplinary Science Studies Program.
I study the complex public intersections of science, religion, media and politics from humanistic and social scientific perspectives. I am especially interested in understanding why some public debates become contentious while others do not. I am also interested in finding new ways to study how the public sphere works.
At UCSD I designed and taught courses in science, technology & society, American religion, and the sociology of American health care. At Dartmouth I am teaching Science and Religion in American Media (FILM46/SOCY49.13), which incorporates digital scholarship training using the Mediathread media analysis platform. I am also piloting a digital badging system for the course using the Credly toolkit.
My Google Scholar profile provides a complete list of publications. Unfortunately, many of those links go to paywalled versions. The following papers are available in non-paywalled versions (author manuscript in minimal XHTML unless otherwise noted):
- Religion and Political Decision Making (Wiley-Blackwell embargo until March 2015)
- A Computational Approach to Qualitative Analysis in Large Textual Datasets (Open Access publication supported by the Dartmouth Open-Access Publication Equity Fund, download HTML, XML, and PDF at publisher site)
- Who Wants a Deliberative Public Sphere?
- Supporting Science: Reasons, Restrictions, and the Role of Religion
- Achieving Continuity: A Story of Stellar Magnitude
- Zelizer's Theory of Money and the Case of Local Currencies
- Defining the Public, Defining Sociology: Hybrid Science-Public Relations and Boundary-Work in Early American Sociology
- Religion and Science: Beyond the Epistemological Conflict Narrative (link accesses free HTML and PDF versions at publisher site)
- Book Review: The Lost Art of Finding Our Way
- Book Review: Faith Based
- Book Review Essay: Imagining Public Debate
- Book Review: Human Dignity and Bioethics
Office: 203 Black Family Visual Arts Center, 22 Lebanon Street, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH 03755