About Me

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This academic year, 2013/14, I am on leave as Fulbright Scholar at Adam Mickiewicz University’s Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology in Poznan, Poland. I am Assistant Professor of Sociology at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA. I completed my Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA, and subsequently a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

My research is focused on surveillance and security in social life, global events, Christians in Jerusalem, pilgrimage, and the ethnographic method. My first book, Security and Everyday Life, (co-edited with Willem de Lint), was published in 2011 and as paperback in 2013 by Routledge. Surveilling and Securing the Olympics: From Tokyo 1964 to London 2012 and Beyond, also an edited book, is in print with Palgrave Macmillan. I am currently completing Christian Pilgrimage in Jerusalem: Performing Social Realities, a book manuscript based on years of on-going ethnographic fieldwork in Jerusalem.

The courses I teach are Ethnography, Surveillance as Social Control, Sociology of Security, Approaches to Globalization, Global Social Problems, Pilgrimage and Tourism, Social Theory, Media and Popular Culture, and Principles of Sociology.