Academic Biography

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Center For Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College. 

I am an interdisciplinary scholar in my professionalization and practice: 

  • I hold a PhD and MS in Science & Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
  • I have an interdisciplinary bachelors from the Honors College at Kent State University, with minors in Women’s Studies and Sociology, and extensive coursework in Pan-African Studies. 

That said, I have a MA in Sociology and have extensive training and research experience in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods social research. 

I am teacher-scholar who is currently searching for a tenure-track appointment in sociology/criminology (with expertise in police visibility, police use of force, race, and social movements), media studies (with expertise in surveillance and participatory media), critical ethnic studies (with expertise in critical whiteness studies), political science (with expertise in radical democratic theory, anarchist theory, race, and social movements) or an interdisciplinary position that will utilize my areas of expertise. 

I have published in surveillance studies, political theory, police studies, sociology, and media studies. 

I am a social/political theorist, working in various problem-oriented fields that (for better or worse) are named as “studies”: critical technology studies (CTS), surveillance studies, critical whiteness studies, and critical police studies. 

My theoretical work is “applied” in the sense that I begin with situational analysis and develop theory using salient extant theory, genealogy, and ideology critique. I favor partisan policy analysis that researches from a position of commitment to a party implicated in a given situation and writing that reaches—though is not fully circumscribed by—normative and prescriptive conclusions. 

Some topical areas in my research: 

-The visibility of police violence as a result of surveillance, and especially incidental and organized civilian videography and on-officer wearable cameras. 
-Obduracy and disruption in technological changes, especially those prompted or promoted by policy, particularly environmental policy. 
-Surveillance at and policing of college and university campuses. 
-Policing the color line, combining approaches to new police studies from Mark Neocleous and from critical whiteness and abolitionist politics, e.g., Joel Olson. 

The views expressed on this blog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Amherst College.

5 thoughts on “Academic Biography

  1. I recently cited your essay The Crisis and The Way Out Of It in an undergraduate anthropology project focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of OWS as an effort to equalize social and economic disparities. I think you are an intelligent writer and should keep up the great work!

    Best regards,
    Wes

  2. Greetings.
    I stumbled across your work accidentally and am quite surprised to read that you are also in the Flagstaff area.
    If you havent, please stop by Taala Hooghan Infoshop, like-minded folk would enjoy a discussion. Perhaps you would be interested in facilitating a discussion at one of our monthly “Rootbeer & Revolution” discussions?
    Cheers,
    Klee

  3. I was looking for criticism of Paul Hawken’s Blessed Unrest and a blog from you was the only one! You say WiserEarth is ‘a pragmatic, reformist, pro-democracy movement [...] within the tradition of modern liberalism’. Thank you! They do not challenge the system, then, but support it and collude in it. Quite!

  4. Dear Dr. Brucato,
    I am a retired physician in Troy and have a friend and patient suffering from remote neural monitoring electronic harassment and torture. I admire your work and would love to have a chat over some coffee about the science and social import of this “police state” activity by the government and its agencies. He is intending to go public with his situation and has wonderful media, political, and physician contacts and support.
    We need to speak ASAP! This email may be hijacked! If I don’t hear back from you, I shall call you at the college.
    Thanks!
    Dr. Bob Webb

  5. Dr. Ben-Please email me some times so we can get together and have a chat about the very distressing social implications of the electronic surveillance issues I recently wrote to you about.
    Thanks so much!
    Dr. Bob

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