Broadly, my research interests center on identities/masculinities, Veterans’ physical, psychological, and social health issues, and qualitative research methods. My past work deals with masculine identity constructions as individuals transition into and out of various institutional settings, like the family and the military. Recent work with Veterans explores post-deployment reintegration issues; the role of social isolation in Veteran caregiver support; and the effect of military service on Veterans’ musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and mental health. I have a current grant to explore the facilitators and barriers to college success for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. In my other foci, qualitative research methods, I recently published two pieces that innovate the use of video recording in Grounded Theory analysis and I am currently finishing a paper exploring how undergraduate research students develop a sense of self-efficacy in conducting survey-based research. My research is published in journals such as Symbolic Interaction, the Journal of Marriage and Family, the Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, Military Medicine, the American Journal of Men’s Health, and the Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, among others.
Along with this body of scholarly research, I write, produce, and direct documentary films that explore various social issues using a sociological lens. My current project is a feature-length documentary on some of the challenges faced by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and their families resulting from combat deployment. Other film work includes a consulting gig with the Youtube Channel Crash Course to develop a Sociology shorts series; a short film on street performers working at the margins of an urban economy; a segment on school funding; and a short health education film on father’s and children’s health.
I received my undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University, my Master’s from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and my PhD from the University of Florida. Go Gators!
American Veteran Family Reintegration
Veteran Reintegration Processes
Veteran Identity Construction
Identity, Bodies, and Health
Gender and Reproduction
SYO 4400.0001 – Medical Sociology – Tuesday and Thursday – 3:00 – 4:15 – Main Campus
SYO 4424.0W59 -Men, Masculinities & Health – Online Course
Wednesday 1:00-3:00 or by appointment
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