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, Microsociology, Sociological Theory, Qualitative Methods, Social Control/Deviance, and the Sociology of Religion. Broadly defined, Justin’s research focuses on (1) cognitive and emotional processes in judgment and decision-making, (2) persuasion, creativity, and situated information-transmission, and (3) sociocultural stasis and change. To view his CV, click here.
Justin’s research has appeared in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Sociological Theory, Thesis Eleven, Journal of Classical Sociology, Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, and the Handbook of Contemporary Sociological Theory.
Currently, his research reveals the micro and cultural processes influencing the production and reception of campaigns for social equality and cultural inclusion. One project from this research agenda focuses on how surprising situations create opportunities for novel information-transmission. He draws on in-depth ethnography with an activist religious movement to analyze the composition of situations to reveal how the situation structures cognition and emotion and to explain when situations enable or constrain change. In another project, he focuses on situations where sympathetic audiences create unintended meanings in situ, often creating unintended interpretive and interactional outcomes. By focusing on the social and material composition of situations, he explains how objects can hold multiple cultural meanings which can problematize communication and meaning-making.
Justin 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 with guest lectures for Social Problems and Social Psychology. He 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. He serves as an occasional reviewer for the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Mobilization: An International Journal, The Sociological Quarterly, Sociological Perspectives, Sociology of Religion, Current Sociology, and others. Justin is also a contributing editor at Mobilizing Ideas.