Dr. Stephen Barnard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Barnard 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 interests focus on the sociology of new media, culture, and communication. His dissertation, entitled "Twitter and the Journalistic Field: How the Growth of a New(s) Medium is Transforming Journalism," was nominated for the University of Missouri's Distinguished Dissertation Award. An article from this project was recently published in Journalism: Theory, practice and criticism, and other portions of this research are currently in preparation for journal and book publication. Additionally, Dr. Barnard is also working on new research projects, one which analyzes the sociological significance of “selfies,” and another that helps trace a path toward a more digitally-oriented sociology. He teaches multiple courses on the topic of technology and social change, including: Media & Society, The Web in Real Life, New Media, Conflict & Control. As a Digital Initiatives Faculty Fellow for fall 2014, Dr. Barnard also developed an upper-level capstone course entitled Twitter and Society, which will examine how networked actors use Twitter in response to the social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
For more information about Dr. Barnard, see his personal website.