- Criminology/deviance, environmental sociology, media studies
- Masters in Sociology
I am a bit of an academic wanderer. I have previously studied subjects as wide ranging as psychology, business, and physics. But my primary interest has always been studying people, which led me to sociology for graduate studies. My main areas of study are criminology and deviance, sociology of drugs, environmental sociology, and media studies. Specific topics of interest to me are deviant sub-cultures, cannabis policy issues, use of psychedelics in psychological treatment, risk perception, media and audience analysis, qualitative methods, and Symbolic Interactionism.
I am originally from the small town of Chimacum out on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. Washington State University was my first stop after leaving my little community. I ended up spending 10 years in Pullman Washington and left in 2006 with bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Business Administration, and an MBA. I then moved to Las Vegas where I met Samantha, the amazing women I decided I wanted to spend my life with, and subsequently married. After several years in the desert I got the itch to return to school to peruse my goal of a PhD. I attended Utah State in Logan UT for my master's degree in Sociology, focusing on unconventional oil and gas development in south Texas. I moved to Fort Collins in the summer of 2012 to attend CSU for my PhD, and couldn't be happier with my choice. My personal interests/hobbies include motorcycles, hiking, photography, and of course spending time with my wife and dogs.