Welcome to my Website!
I am a qualitative sociologist, author, editor and (sometimes) op-ed and online magazine writer. I have authored Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos (Scarecrow 2013) , edited The Beyoncé Effect (McFarland 2016) Feminist Theory and Pop Culture (Sense 2015), and have co-edited Gender and Pop Culture: A Text-Reader (Sense 2014) which has received praise from Jean Kilbourne (Killing Us Softly), Jackson Katz (Tough Guise) and Sut Jhally (Dream Worlds). Check out the Non-Fiction link for more details or click on the books below.
Selected Praise for "Gender and Pop Culture: A Text-Reader."
“An important addition to the fields of gender and media studies, this excellent compilation will be useful to students and teachers in a wide range of disciplines. The research is solid, the examples from popular culture are current and interesting, and the conclusions are original and illuminating. It is certain to stimulate self-reflection and lively discussion.”
Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., author, feminist activist and creator of the Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women film series
"The timely, well-written pieces in Gender and Pop Culture manage to convey some of the intellectual excitement -- and dare I say it, fun -- that the best in media studies and feminism can stimulate. Students and scholars alike will appreciate how the wide-ranging chapters in this volume provide greater depth and context to some of the great debates of our time about the 'effects of media' that take place every day in university classrooms and around kitchen tables. This should be required reading for anyone who's ever watched TV, gone to a movie or put on a pair of headphones!"
Jackson Katz, Ph.D., creator of Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood and American Culture and author of The Macho Paradox
Selected Praise for "Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman, Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos."
"This study paves the way for future research on female singer-songwriters and their multifaceted relationships to fan culture. The text serves as a strong resource for fans of Amos, sociologists, feminists, and people investigating the role of women in music." (Journal of American Culture)
"Any music history or women's studies library will be interested in acquiring Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman. It explores now only Tori's music, but how female fans bond with feminist musicians; and it examines and analyzes her lyrics and music with an eye to blending in issues of gender and activism. Social studies classes will appreciate the focus on cultural stereotypes and how Amos represented a type of fan that went beyond the image of the screaming teen to analyze more intellectual lyrics. The focus on women's emotions and a more mature musical style makes for a powerful survey recommended for any college-level collection looking for more than light biography." (Midwest Book Review)