I am a Neukom Fellow at Dartmouth College. I have a PhD in sociology from the University of California, San Diego through the interdisciplinary Science Studies Program, and a BA in history from Arizona State University through the interdisciplinary Honors College. I have also been a visiting NSF EAPSI Fellow in the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at The University of Tokyo.
I am delighted to report that my book manuscript has been accepted by University of California Press for publication in early 2016.
To understand how culture and democracy fit together, I study the 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 combining qualitative and computational methods in new ways to study how the public sphere works.
Beyond my individual projects, I have collaborated with John H. Evans on several publications that outline and defend an empirical sociology of religion and science, and I am currently collaborating with Dan Rockmore and Dartmouth students to examine knowledge and verifiability in new media.
Helping students learn is important to me. I have designed and taught courses at Dartmouth College and UC San Diego on science and religion in American media, the sociology of American health care, American religion, and science, technology, and society. I will be teaching a new course called Mass Media and Democracy in Spring 2016 to Dartmouth first-year students.
I am also committed to collaboration and innovation in digital teaching and learning. I collaborate with Mike Goudzwaard on digital badging projects (see our course badging case study and guest post on the value problem in digital badging in Inside Higher Ed). I also collaborate with Sarah Tischer Scully to design, create, and track experiential learning in digital scholarship.
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
- A Computational Approach to Qualitative Analysis in Large Textual Datasets (HTML, XML, and PDF at publisher site)*
- Speaking of Participation: A Qualitative Research Note (HTML and PDF at publisher site)*
- Who Wants a Deliberative Public Sphere?
- Supporting Science: Reasons, Restrictions, and the Role of Religion
- Sociology and Christianity
- Achieving Continuity: A Story of Stellar Magnitude
- Arguing Against Darwinism: Religion, Science, and Public Morality
- 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
* Open Access publication supported by the Dartmouth Open-Access Publication Equity Fund
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