My name is Jason, and I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Kennesaw State University. In 2020, I completed my PhD in the Department of Sociology, at the University of California, Irvine.
My published research has covered a wide range of issues, including global political-economy, ideology and pop culture in America, and the structural drivers of political violence in Somalia. My dissertation explored the local-to-global drivers of forced displacement and diamond extraction in Botswana and Zimbabwe. Other and ongoing research of mine explores ways to place sociology in dialoge with psychoanalysis, Hegelian dialectics, and more. I maintain an interest in researching social movements and protests for racial, Indigenous, and environmental justice, in the US and Africa.
For quick access to some of my published/written work:
You can find my work on the Black Lives Matter uprisings of 2020 here.
- Please see the Research section-tab of my faculty web page for more information.
I take my teaching responsibilities very seriously, and love teaching courses that show students how to connect their day-to-day lives and observations to global social processes. My pedagogical technique is guided by what the literary theorist Fredric Jameson calls "cognitive mapping." A map not only shows you where you are, but helps you orient yourself in the direction in which you hope to travel. This means that I view my responsibility as a educator to not only help locate themselves in a larger web of global social relations, but figure out how to get to where they want to be (e.g., identifying the drivers of a social problem, and mapping out a possible path towards ameliorating said problem with a short, medium, and long term strategy).
- In August 2022 I received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Political Economy of the World System (PEWS) section of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
I am also actively involved in my profession, and routinely present research, organize sessions, and do committee work with various sections of the American Sociological Association.
- I served on the outreach committee for the newly formed Indigenous Peoples and Native Nations section of the ASA.
- I served on graduate paper award committee multiple times for the Sociology of Development section of the ASA.
- I serve as the Newsletter editor for the Political Economy of the World-System section of the ASA.