Research Spotlight: Distrust in Social Institutions During COVID-19

The United States is seeing a growing distrust in social institutions of knowledge like science and media. These groups which attempt to systematically validate or invalidate information are losing influence in favor of alternative sources of information like blogs, YouTube videos and conspiracy theorists. This poses an obvious threat to public health in the context…

Research Spotlight: Queer Men and Smartphone Dating Applications: Navigating Partner Markets and Managing Stigma

Virtual mediums, especially social media platforms, have, over the past decade or so, dramatically transformed the ways in which we interact as social beings. As a social scientist, I find these changes fascinating in light of how sociologists have traditionally understood interactions and how our understanding of these things should change with technological advances. In…

Research Spotlight: LGBQ College Students’ Diverging Narratives of Peer Behaviors: Harassment or Not Harassment?

A few decades ago, experiences of peer harassment were common among college students who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ).  Since then, campus climates have substantially changed, and today, LGBT students’ experiences of peer harassment vary considerably across individuals.  That is, some report frequent experiences, and others report no experiences.  Scholars generally consider…

Award Winning Research: Resilience as an Exciting New Agenda

Most of my work to date has dealt with what most people would consider sad things; things we’d rather not think about. Generally, I study health and societal problems that primarily impact older adults. Chronic disease, disablement, dementia, and death are not easy topics of conversation. However, I find them tremendously important to write about,…