Teaching Professor of Communication and Information, Director of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University
Since 2001, I’ve been the chairperson of the sociology department at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ – a warm and vibrant community of learning, a lovely and stimulating place to work. My research focuses on the impact of modern communication technologies on social units both small and large: relationships, communities, whole societies. I’ve published two books on the topic, both with State University of New York Press – Connecting: How We Form Social Bonds and Communities in the Internet Age (2002) and Portable Communities: The Social Dynamics of Online and Mobile Connectedness (2008). Of my published articles, my current favorite is for the tech-savvy, though not necessarily academic, audience of the online magazine Vodafone Receiver; you can check it out here http://www.receiver.vodafone.com/ill-take-my-community-to-go. I also enjoy giving talks and presentations to all kinds of audiences – classes, conferences, civic groups -- I keynoted the 2010 conference of the New Jersey Communication Association, which was lots of fun. Next up, I’m co-editing an anthology on public sociology featuring articles from the journal Humanity and Society, which is the journal of the Association for Humanist Sociology. But mostly right now I am spending as much time as possible with my husband (Rutgers women’s soccer coach Glenn Crooks) and my two children before my oldest heads to college! It is always a blast running into RU Sociology alums in academic (and non-academic) circles – this happens all the time! – and I would be happy to connect with more of you.