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A leading public intellectual
I am a full professor of sociology at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada. My research and publications have focused largely on information technologies and related changes to police work. I have written or collaborated on six books and have published dozens of scholarly articles, book chapters, and essays. I have received award recognition for my research contributions and public service as well as more than a dozen teaching awards and related honours. A recent award includes the 2022 Brandon University Senate Award for Excellence in Research which "recognizes and honours those individuals who excel in scholarship and research."
I am the author of Policing and Social Media: Social Control in an Era of New Media (Lexington Books | Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Policing and Social Media reached No. 1 on Amazon's list of "Hot New Releases in Canadian Politics" and has received critical acclaim from scholars, activists, police practitioners, and journalists in media and in peer-reviewed academic journals. I have published on a range of substantive topics including, a co-authored research methods book (with 3,500+ citations), and papers and books that explore issues like police legitimacy and body cameras, crime, law, risk, riots and civil unrest, surveillance and technology matters, sexual misconduct, music culture, beard culture, mobile phones, celebrity, public sociology, and public pedagogy, to name a few.
My writing (dozens of op-eds), research, and commentary have appeared in hundreds of news reports, including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, NBC News, Chicago's WGN-TV, and CBC's The National. I previously held the Endowed Chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice (spring term 2019) at St. Thomas University and the Public Visiting Scholar position at Wilfrid Laurier University (fall term 2016). I currently sit on the Brandon, MB John Howard Society Board of Directors.
I originally hail from Chicago ✶✶✶✶ and have an English bulldog named Deuce.
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