Current Research

Food (In)security on a Rural Campus

With Dr. Daphne Henderson. An application of the USDA Food Security survey which examines food insecurity & hunger on a rural, primarily undergraduate, commuter college campus.

Weakley County, TN Community Food Assessment

Technical report being prepared for the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network. Analyses include socio-economic characteristics of community members, hunger and food insecurity in the county, information from the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, and the role of local food efforts in a small, rural community.

Recent Publications / Presentations

Large Technological Systems and the Standard American Diet: The Problem for Local Food Movements.

October 2018. Mid-South Sociological Society, Birmingham, AL.

Under review: Overcoming Status Deficiencies in the Classroom: A Test of Expectations States Theory on Teachers' Predictions for Students' Academic Degree Attainment

An analysis of the Educational Longitudinal Study 2002-2012 seeking to understand the role of race, class, and gender in teachers' appraisals of students' educational outcomes.

The Effects of Required Diversity Courses on University Students' Perceptions of Minority and Oppressed Populations: A Mixed Methods Approach

March 2018. Mid-West Sociological Society. With Dr. Lindsay Anderson.

Are Traditional Teaching Techniques Effective in the Distance Learning Classroom Setting?

April 2017. Mid-West Sociological Society. With Dr. Aaron Rowland.

Can Students Gain Racial Empathy in the University Classroom? An Application of the Toronto Empathy Questionnaire

April 2017. Mid-West Sociological Society. With Dr. Lindsay Anderson - An exploratory study seeking to measure empathy gains among college students when presented with information related to poverty, social stratification, and race. This classic pre-test/post-test method utilizes the Toronto Empathy Scale as well as demographic measures to guage the empact of teaching about sensitive topics.

On the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Learning Gains in Different Educational Environments

Another pre-test/post-test design, this study seeks to measure differences in learning gains in traditional (face-to-face) classrooms, distance learning classrooms with a live instructor, and, in the future, online classrooms.

Weakley County Schools Nutrition

Research consultation in collaboration with the Weakley County Public School District.

Lifestyle-exposure Theory and Cyberbullying: Locating Predictors of Victimization and Barriers to Reporting. Southern Sociological Society 2016. With Amanda S. Mansfield

"(Not) Smoking." Pp. 287-296 in Popular Culture as Everyday Life, Dennis D. Waskul and Phillip Vannini, eds. New York: Routledge.

“After Pygmalion: The Mediating Effect of Self-Assessment on Teachers’ Expectations of Student Achievement.”. Southern Sociological Society 2015.

“(Re)Embodiment of the Digital Self and First Life Body in a New Social Media Environment: Paid Sex Work in Second Life.” Studies in Symbolic Interaction 43:143-171.

“Furries.” Pp. 288-289 in The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Deviance, John Heith Copes and Craig J. Forsyth, eds. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

“Bisexuality.” Pp. 61-64 in The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Deviance, John Heith Copes and Craig J. Forsyth, eds. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Manuscript Referee

Symbolic Interaction, Kentucky Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship, Rowman & Littlefield, Routledge, Oxford University Press