About Me


I study social and cultural implications of security and surveillance in public and private life.

My latest book, Surveilling and Securing the Olympics: From Tokyo 1964 to London 2012 and Beyond, (Palgrave Macmillan 2016), is a collaboration of international scholars focusing on 15 Summer and Winter Games, involving primary data in 13 different countries and in 10 different languages. I analyze this assembled empirical evidence to trace how surveillance and security became central to the design and the performance of the Olympics.

My first book, Security and Everyday Life, (co-edited with Willem de Lint, Routledge 2011) is analysis of case studies from multiple countries to show how security meta-frame dominates over the right to privacy, human rights, and democratic values through a growing acceptance of surveillance as a form of social control.

My new research project is a study of how the city of Philadelphia has been dealing with tensions and dilemmas between, on the one hand, principles of equality and inclusion, and on the other hand, pressures to handle threats to security using surveillance and military style policing.

I am currently completing a book manuscript, Event and Uncertainty on Christian Pilgrimage in Jerusalem, based on years of on-going ethnographic fieldwork. I analyze Orthodox, Catholic, Evangelical Protestant, and Anglican Christian events in Jerusalem to compare how these different groups deal with uncertainty on their pilgrimage.

I completed my Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. During the academic year 2013/14, I was Fulbright Scholar at Adam Mickiewicz University’s Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology in Poznan, Poland. I was Assistant Professor at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Visiting Associate Professor at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

Some of my favorite courses to teach are Globalization and Development, Surveillance as Governance and Control, Sociology of Security, Global Events, Urban Sociology, Sports and Society, Theories of Globalization, Security and Tourism, Sociology of Religion, Christians in Jerusalem, Global Holy Cities, Mass Media and Popular Culture, Social Theory, Ethnographic Methods, and Principles of Sociology.