I am a senior lecturer in sociology and criminology at York St John University, the co-author of Producing and Consuming the Craft Beer Movement and the author of The Art of Defiance: Graffiti, Politics and the Reimagined City in Philadelphia.
I study public aesthetics, graffiti culture, and craft beer. Specifically, how individuals who produce public art construct their identity within their subculture, and how their interaction with public space produces a type of political discourse. I'm also interested in how craft production produces new kinds of invested communities and how those communities think about themselves.
My other research interests include memes, deviance, politics of resistance, role-playing games.