Justin is a Sociology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Notre Dame. His areas of specialization include Cultural Sociology, Social Movements and Collective Behavior, Social Psychology / Microsociology, Qualitative Methods, Social Control / Deviance, and the Sociology of Religion. Broadly conceived, Justin’s publications have been focused on issues related to cognition and emotion, qualitative methodology, and dynamics of cultural change. His ethnographic dissertation research integrates cognitive science with micro-interactionist theories to develop a theory of cultural involvement. Specifically, he emphasizes how social, cultural, and material dynamics of situations influence actors consciously and unconsciously which create unintended interpretive and interactional consequences. This research has implications for understanding group processes, information-transmission, judgment biases, and decision-making.
Justin’s recent research has appeared in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Sociological Theory, Thesis Eleven, Journal of Classical Sociology, and the Handbook of Contemporary Sociological Theory. He also serves as an occasional reviewer for the American Sociological Review, Mobilization: An International Journal, The Sociological Quarterly, Sociological Perspectives, and others.
In addition, he has instructed Introduction to Social Psychology, conducted and supervised research for the Fourth Wave of the National Study of Youth and Religion, and assisted teaching for Sociological Social Psychology and Social Problems. Justin has given numerous presentations related to his ongoing dissertation research and is an active affiliate of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Social Movements, Center for the Study of Religion and Society, and the Sociology Department’s Culture Workshop.