Dr. Stephen (Steve) Barnard is Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department. Steve earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Missouri in 2012, where he also earned an M.A. (2007) and B.A. (2005). Before joining the faculty at St. Lawrence University in 2014, he held two interdisciplinary postdoctoral positions: one with the University of Denver’s Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies (2013-2014), and another with the School of Journalism and Peace Studies Program at the University of Missouri (2012-2013). His research and teaching focus on the role media and communication technologies play in relations of power, practice, and democracy. Steve is the author of Citizens at the Gates: Twitter, Networked Publics, and the Transformation of American Journalism (2018, Palgrave Macmillan), and co-author of All Media are Social: Sociological Perspectives on Mass Media (2020, Routledge). His work has appeared in the journals New Media & Society, Journalism, Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, Hybrid Pedagogy, and in several edited volumes. Steve has also written for popular audiences in publications like The Hill, RealClearPolitics, and Contexts, the magazine of the American Sociological Association. He teaches multiple courses on the topic of technology and social change, including: Media & Society (100-level), Culture & Identity in the Digital Age (200-level), New Media, Conflict & Control (200-level), and Media & Power (300-level). In addition to teaching courses in SLU's First-Year Program, he also offers the intro-level Principles of Sociology course, as well as a community-based learning class titled Criminal (In)Justice (200-level), which works with incarcerated people and administrators at a local county jail on the North Country Resource project, aiming to build mutual understanding and increase access to social support for at-risk populations in the surrounding area.
For more information about Dr. Barnard, see his personal website.