Along with teaching, writing is at the heart of my academic life. In this article for NBC News Online, I write about “What is 50 Years Spent on the Internet Worth to Humanity?”


With my colleague Vivek Singh, I have recently been researching the prevalence of gender bias and stereotypes in occupational images on four different mediated platforms (Twitter, NYTimes.com, Wikipedia, Shutterstock). Our results (spoiler alert: we found plenty of bias and stereotyping) are published here:

“Female Librarians and Male Computer Programmers? Gender Bias in Occupational Images on Digital Media Platforms.” 2020. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. (With Singh, Vivek, K.,Ramanjar, R., and Floegel, D.) DOI: 10.1002/asi.24335

My books all explore the impact of technology on society, from the micro (self, relationships) to the macro (community, society, social justice).  They have also been well received by the general public.


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My most recent book, Superconnected, now in its second edition, is appropriate for any number of courses exploring the impact of the internet and digital technology/social media on the way we live.


Superconnected 2nd Edition


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Here are some of my published scholarly articles and reviews, with links when available:

“The First Web Theorist? Georg Simmel and the Legacy of ‘The Web of Group-Affiliations’” 2015. Information, Communication and Society http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369118X.2015.1042394

“Techno-Social Life: The Internet, Digital Technology, and Social Connectedness.”  2014. Sociology Compass. 8:7:976-991 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/soc4.12190/full

“Book Review: Networked: The New Operating System by Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman.” 2014. Sociological Forum. 29:2:517-521. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/socf.12100/abstract

“Book Review: The Engaged Sociologist.” 2012. Humanity and Society. 36:1:85-86.

Preface to “Pioneers of Public Sociology,” 2010, with Corey Dolgon

When Culture Met Science, 2010, in “Pioneers in Public Sociology.” Originally in Humanity and Society, 27:3:265-268

I’ll Take My Community To Go, May 2009, Vodafone Receiver

The Portable Community: Envisioning and Examining Mobile Social Connectedness.” 2007, International Journal of Web-based Communities. 3:4:373-382.

Author’s Response to Review of  “Connecting.” 2007, March, Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies.  And see Chrys Egan’s review of “Connecting,” that my author’s response refers to, here.

Book Review: Love Online. April 2006, Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies. And see Aaron Ben-Ze’ev’s author response to my review here.

Book Review: The Internet in Everyday Life, 2003. Contemporary Sociology 32:6:728-730.

How You Act Your Age When You Watch TV. 1993.  Sociological Forum.   8:4:573-593.

What is Real in the Age of Virtual Reality? “Reframing” Frame Analysis for a Technological World.” 1993, Symbolic Interaction, 16:2:171-181.

Technological Ties That Bind: Media-Generated Primary Groups. 1992.  Communication Research.  19:1:109-129. (With Karen A. Cerulo and Janet M. Ruane).

And here is a column I wrote on online connectedness for our College of Saint Elizabeth alumni magazine entitled “Since You Asked.”

“Since You Asked” Page 1   Page 2

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