Media Logics in Complex Organizations.
While my focus has been on bringing the insights of media scholarship to the field of political sociology, and particularly the subfield of military sociology/ civil-military relations, I see my work as contributing to the mediatization tradition by offering a more concrete perspective on how media logics are negotiated and adapted within existing policy environments. For example, my dissertation discussed the ways in which the work of war correspondents triggered organizational learning and adaption processes in the U.S. Army. An article on the Abu Ghraib scandal makes clear how that research connects to the emerging field of mediatization research.
The Cultural Sociology of Critics and Intellectuals.
My primary interest is in how complex organizations integrate media logics into their practices in ways that shape their political environment. A long-standing secondary interest has been the role played by critics and intellectuals in negotiated that flow of power. In my first article, for example, I connected strategies used by Inuit and Aboriginal intellectuals to maintain control over the deep meanings of their culture's artworks as they are distributed internationally. In a book chapter, my co-author Jonathan Roberge and I discuss the changing power dynamic between critics and intellectuals in online deliberative forums. A recent encyclopedia article on Lewis Coser links those earlier projects back to sociology.
With Jonathan Roberge, I am now embarking on a research project that theorizes the development of algorithmic visuality by technology firms. We characterize these technologies as "deep sight", a way of visually rendering the world with augmented and recursive data streams. We are currently pursuing funding for this research.