Resume

Scroll down for an overview of my work. Click for a copy of my academic CV [pdf]. 



BACKGROUND

I was born in Belgium, where I lived in the town of Stokkem and attended high school at St. Jan Berchmanscollege in Genk. I studied at the Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, receiving degrees in Sociology (with a specialty in cultural sociology) in 1986 and in Cultural Anthropology in 1987. In 1990, I obtained an MA from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Hull, England. Between 1989 and 1992, I was an assistant in the Criminology program of the Law Department at K.U. Leuven, specializing in criminological sociology. In 1992 I came to the United States and received my PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado in 1996 on a dissertation about international policing. I have since held academic positions at Kenyon College, Purdue University, and the University of South Carolina.




PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Education

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1996.
Dissertation: “Borders of Police Force: Historical Foundations of International Policing Between Germany and the United States.” Revised for publication as Policing World Society (Oxford University Press 2002).
M.A. Sociology of Developing Societies, University of Hull, England, 1990.
Thesis on “Processual Symbolic Analysis in the Writings of Victor W. Turner". [online as pdf file]
Special Diploma Social and Cultural Anthropology, Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, Belgium, 1987.
Thesis on “The Anthropology of Space” (in Dutch). [online as pdf file]
Licentiate Sociology, Candidate Social Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, Belgium, 1983, 1986.
Thesis on “The Sociological Concept of Anomie” (in Dutch). [online as pdf file]

Academic Positions 

Professor (since 2010), Associate Professor (2005-2010), Assistant Professor (2002-2005), University of South Carolina, Department of Sociology, Columbia, SC, 2002-present.

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1997-2002.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Kenyon College, Law and Society Program, Gambier, Ohio, 1996-1997.

Graduate employment: Assistant/Instructor, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1992-1996; Assistant, Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, Belgium, Department of Criminology, 1989-1992.



RESEARCH INTERESTS

My specialty areas are sociology of law and social control, popular culture, comparative-historical sociology, and theory.

My work in the area of law and social control includes several themes. First, recent research involves a study of the global diffusion of anti-police violence. This work extends from my research on the police dimension of counter-terrorism that culminated in my book The Policing of Terrorism: Organizational and Global Perspectives (Routledge 2010). Related work explores the sociology of (counter)terrorism, which evolved in the anthology Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Criminological Perspectives (2004) and will be the focus of another edited volume, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Today (2015). Second, I research the history and conditions of international police cooperation. This work culminated in a book, Policing World Society (Oxford University Press 2002), and a variety of articles. Third, I connect my interests in law and social control with theoretical issues in sociology. In my book Sociology of Law: Visions of a Scholarly Tradition (Cambridge University Press 2008), I analyze the history and systematics of the sociology of law.

Recent interests explore contemporary issues of popular culture, especially fame and music, themes which connect with my initial specialization in cultural sociology and my background in cultural anthropology. Starting 2011, I organized a course on the sociology of the fame of Lady Gaga (www.gagacourse.net) and I have been publishing various papers on music and fame. Relatedly, I teach a course in visual sociology, and I have edited books on Music and Law (2013) and on Popular Culture, Crime, and Social Control (2010). Other work on culture addresses such topics as music censorship, the movies of Alfred Hitchcock, and the anthropology of Victor Turner.

Much of my work is of a comparative and historical nature. In this connection I have also merged a global concern with my interest in the sociological profession in the form of an edited volume, Sociologists in a Global Age: Biographical Perspectives (Ashgate 2007), in which sixteen leading international sociologists share their personal and professional experiences of becoming practitioners in the field.

Throughout my work on various substantive interests, I devote much attention to give adequate theoretical expression to the social structures and processes my empirical work is devoted to. My publications on sociological theory include two edited volumes: Sociological Theory and Criminological Research (Elsevier 2006) and Habermas, Modernity and Law (Sage 1996). Related theoretical research projects involve several works on classical and contemporary theories, such as Robert Merton's anomie theory and Simmel's influence in the sociology of money.

I have not only published consistently, ever since my first article appeared in 1989, but I have also published very broadly in different outlets in sociology, criminology, criminal justice, theory, history, international studies, and culture. In this way, I seek my work to reach many audiences. I hope this website also contributes to that goal.

See the Books and Articles & Essays pages for online copies of my writings.



TEACHING

The courses I presently teach at the University of South Carolina include:
  • Sociology of Law - SOCY 540. Undergraduate course.
  • Sociology of Social Control - SOCY 507. Undergraduate course.  
  • Sociological Theory - SOCY 302. Undergraduate theory.
  • Society Through the Lens - SOCY 368. Undergraduate topics.
  • Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame - SOCY 398D. Topics course.
  • Contemporary Scholars - SOCY 711. Graduate theory seminar.
  • Scientific Methods and Sociological Inquiry - SOCY 701.
  • Law and Social Control - SOCY 791D. Graduate seminar.
See the Teaching Pages on this site for further information.



SELECTED SERVICE & AWARDS 

Series Editor, Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance, since 2004, published by Emerald Group (since 2008), Elsevier Sciences (2004-2008).

General Editor, Encyclopedia of Social Control, Sage Publications, since 1014.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Member of the review panel for Insight Grants, Spring 2012.

Sabbatical leave for research in Qu├ębec, Sweden, Scotland, and Germany, funded by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Sociology, University of South Carolina, Spring 2009.

National Science Foundation, Member of the Law and Social Science Advisory Panel for Dissertation Improvement Grant Proposals, Spring 2009.

Deputy Editor, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 2005-2008.

International Scientific Board member, Sociologia e Politiche Sociali (Italy), since 2012.

Co-Director, with Huseyin Durmaz and Georgi Glonti, Advanced Research Workshop on “Understanding and Responding to Terrorism: A Multi-dimensional Approach,” funded by the NATO Programme Security Through Science, Washington, DC, September 8-9, 2006.

Academic Fellowship, The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, program on “Defending Democracy, Defeating Terrorism,” Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, May-June 2004.

Mentor of the Year Award from the American Society of Criminology, November 2000.

Purdue-Hamburg Faculty Exchange, Hamburg University, June 2000.

National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Grant, Law and Social Sciences Division, #SBR-9411478 (co-PI), September 1994 - August 1995.



See Books and Articles & Essays pages for publications.
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