Post-doctoral Fellows

Sorcha Brophy
University of Pittsburgh

My central research interest is in the role that morality plays in organizational environments. My dissertation is a comparative study of the creation of official organizational moral standards in two settings: medical ethics in physicians associations, and belief standards in a large Protestant denomination. I am currently in the process of developing a book manuscript based on my dissertation research.

Thomas Crosbie
University of Maryland

Thomas Crosbie is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Research on Military Organization in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Yale University (2014). His teaching has included courses on crime and deviance, the history of Islamic politics, and the historical development of insurgent practices in the Middle East. His research focuses broadly on the ways in which militaries and other state agencies shape and are shaped by their political environments. His previous research, funded in part by the Smith Richardson Foundation, challenged the standard theory of civil-military relations by arguing for the increasing agency of armed services in shaping public debate. He also maintains a secondary field of research activity through his work on the interface of media and politics, with a long-standing interest in scandal as a special category of political activity. His work in the fields of sociology and military history has previously been published in Media, War and Conflict, Comparative Sociology and Parameters.

Alison Gerber
Uppsala Universty
Fiona Rose Greenland
University of Chicago
Brian McKernan
State University of New York at Albany

Brian McKernan received his Ph.D in Sociology from University at Albany, SUNY. Brian’s research adopts a cultural sociology framework to examine the roles of media and popular culture in civil society. In particular, Brian is interested in how different groups use entertainment media such as video games and television programs to promote social solidarity and explore sociopolitical issues. Brian is currently a post-doctoral associate with the CYCLES project at the Institute for Informatics, Logics, & Security Studies, University at Albany, SUNY. As part of the CYCLES project, Brian helps to develop and test different aspects of video games, such as interactivity and rewards, to determine if an educational game can more effectively teach about cognitive biases in decision-making than a professionally-developed training video.