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.
||Crime Scene Investigation
||California State University Fullerton
||California State University Long Beach
||Cultural & Global Criminology
||University of Kent and Universität Hamburg
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