Areas of Interest
Race and Ethnic Relations, Research Methodology, Society and Technology, Environmental Sociology, Spatial Pattern Analysis and Geographic Information Systems, Sociology of Sport, Intersection of Race, Technology, and Methodology
M.A. Sociology, Pennsylvania State University, 2008
B.A. with Distinction in Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, 2003
B.A. with Distinction in Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, 2003
Minor Sociology, Pennsylvania State University, 2003
Current and/or Anticipated Research
My research focuses on the intersection of race and ethnicity with technology and advancements in research methodology. Specifically, my dissertation explores the impact of DNA ancestry testing on racial/ethnic identity formation. In this multi-method project I collected and analyzed surveys, experience journals and interviews of over 500 participants in DNA ancestry testing. Another current project explores how full-text access to newspapers data can impact what we know about the civil rights movement, which has largely been based on index-based data. A second project utilizes Global Information System (GIS) technology to explore inequality (and specifically environmental inequality) in San Francisco. A third working project explores how survey methodology can be better utilized to measure race and ethnicity in the United States.
Conference Paper Presentations
"The Effect of New York Times Event Coding Techniques on Social Movement Protest Data" Presenter. Co-authored with Drs. Erik Johnson and Jon Agnone. August 16, 2014. Social Movements Regular Session, Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA.
Manuscripts in progress
Johnson, Erik, John Agnone and Jon Schreiner. "The Effect of New York Times Event Coding Techniques on Social Movement Analyses".
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