I am a senior lecturer in sociology and criminology at York St John University, and the author of The Art of Defiance: Graffiti, Politics and the Reimagined City in Philadelphia.
I study public aesthetics, and graffiti culture. Specifically, how individuals who produce public art construct their identity within their subculture, how their interaction with public space produces a type of political discourse, and how it affects spaces and those who use those spaces.
I am interested in how graffiti's presence affects the way spaces are ideologically constructed, and how producing graffiti affects the individual from a subjective and cultural perspective.
My other research interests include deviance, politics of resistance, role-playing games, public morality, and beer.