- BA: Communication Arts and English, Oakland University, 1984
- MA: Mass Communication, Bowling Green State University, 1986
- PhD: Communication, Wayne State University, 1994
Specialties / Areas of Interest
- Public Speaking
- Interpersonal Communication
- Public Relations
- Organizational Communication
- Gender Communication
- Communication Ethics
Research, Publications, & Presentations
Research & Publications
- Recent research focuses on the moral panic over child sexual abuse and sexual offenders, and its impact on law and public policy.
- Asperger’s Syndrome and Downloading Child Pornography: Why Criminal Punishment is Unjust and Ineffective. (2017). (With J. Douard). In L. A. Dubin & e. Horowitz, eds., Caught in the Web of the Justice System: Autism, Developmental Disabilities, and Sex Offenses. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
- Not Monsters. (2014). Korean translation by Insook Kwon. Korean Institute of Sexual Violence Counseling. Monstrous Crimes and the Failure of Forensic Psychiatry (2013). (With John Douard). International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine, vol. 53. Springer.
- "Revelations and Cardinals’ Sins: Moral Panic over 'Pedophile Priests' in the United States" (2013). In C. Krinsky, ed., The Ashgate Research Companion to Moral Panics. London, UK: Ashgate.
- "A Rhetoric of Retribution and Redemption: Burke’s Terms for Order in the Drama of Child Sexual Abuse" (2011). International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 34, 168-176.
- "Scapegoating the Sex Offender-the Monstrous Other" (2011). (With J. Douard). In B. K. Schwartz, ed., Handbook of Sex Offender Treatment. Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.
- "Naming, Blaming and Framing: Moral Panic over Child Molesters and Implications for Public Policy" (2008). In C. Krinsky, ed., Moral Panic over Children and Youth. London, UK: Ashgate.
- "Not Monsters: Sex Offender as Scapegoat" (2008). (With John Douard). In B. K. Schwartz, ed., The Sex Offender, Vol. VI. Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.
- "Treating Sex Offenders Makes Sense." (2007). In L. Zott (Ed.), Current Controversies: Sex Offenders and Public Policy (pp. 85-89). Garland, TX: Gale Group.
- Not Monsters (2007). Japanese translation by Akira Satta. Tokyo: Makino.
- Not Monsters: Analyzing the Stories of Child Molesters (2005). New York: Rowman and Littlefield.
- A Critical Analysis of the Rhetoric of Child Sexual Abuse (2001). Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press.
- "Sex Offender Community Notification Policies: Balancing Privacy and Disclosure" (2000). In S. Petronio, ed., Balancing the Secrets of Private Disclosures. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.