Staff Profiles: Dr. Brian Frederick

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Staff Profile: Dr. Brian Frederick
Senior Lecturer in Criminology

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Dr. Brian Frederick

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

Brian's research focuses on how both mainstream and gay social media sites and applications are used by men who have sex with men (MSM) to facilitate experiences with drugs such as crystal methamphetamine, mephedrone and the gaba analogues (e.g., GHB; GBL).

Biography

Through (virtual) ethnographic content analysis and ‘instant ethnography’, Brian explores how the various features of social media (e.g., avatars/profiles; photo sharing; webcam chatrooms; ‘like’ functions) are used to construct and perform drug- and sex-related identities and behaviours in and across virtual environments. Brian's research is unique because it applies a criminological approach to the study of MSM drug use--a topic that is typically the purview of addiction science, behavioural health and epidemiology.

Brian is also interested in the role of in-group stigma among MSM in both physical and virtual environments, as well as the role this (and other factors) plays in online sex- and drug-related risk-taking.

Finally, Brian has extended his research interests to areas such as criminological pedagogy, rural crime and rural criminology.

Qualifications

Award Title Institution Date
Certificate Crime Scene Investigation Fullerton College 2004
BA Criminal Justice California State University Fullerton 2010
MSc Criminal Justice California State University Long Beach 2012
Doctorate Cultural & Global Criminology University of Kent and Universität Hamburg 2016

Accreditation

Most Inspiring Lecturer (shortlisted), University of Gloucestershire Student-Led Staff Awards

Best Academic Feedback (shortlisted), University of Gloucestershire Student-Led Staff Awards

Outstanding Departmental Thesis Award, Department of Criminal Justice, California State University at Long Beach

Promising Scholar Award, Department of Criminal Justice, California State University at Long Beach

Health Scholar Research Fellowship, Research Infrastructure for Minority Institutions Project, California State University at Long Beach

Long Beach Pride Scholarship, Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Pride

Harvey Milk Scholarship, Imperial Court of Orange County

Membership of professional bodies

American Society of Criminology

Teaching and research

Teaching

I teach on several undergraduate and postgraduate modules that cover a range of topics such as applied criminology, comparative perspectives on criminal justice, critical perspectives in criminal justice and criminology, criminological theory, cybercriminology, environmental criminology (including rural criminology) and homicide.

Level

Undergraduate, Postgraduate

Research

My research foci include drugs and the internet/social media and rural crime/criminology.

Publications

More publications from Dr. Brian Frederick can be found in the Research Repository.

Thesis Supervision

External responsibilities

Trendspotting Expert, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs & Drug Addiction (2015 - present)

Subjects for media interviews

Gay, bisexual and queer male drug use; rural crime.

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