2015102295162608_20151024100312535_20151031192134548Jason received his Bachelors from Christopher Newport University in 2006.  Immediately enrolling into the Masters program at George Mason University in 2007 and then the PhD program in 2008.  Having completed his comprehensives in June of 2012, he is in the beginning stages of his dissertation work.

In trying to give back to the discipline Jason has helped out on projects and initiatives, both in an academic sense and to help strengthen the public aspect of sociology.  Serving as managing editor for This Week in Sociology, he has sought to collaboratively work with other sociologists to produce an outlet that addresses current hot topics in clear and non-jargony language from a sociological point of view.  He also was a past COMPASS fellow at the New America Foundation’s Media Policy Initiative, sponsored by the Consortium for Media Policy Studies.  His work there focused on issues related to media policy, the state of journalism, and diversity in media ecosystems.  On campus Jason has been involved (ongoingly) with both the Public Sociological Association and the Graduate Student Sociological Association as a co-founder, treasurer, and conference committee member for the annual Public Sociology Graduate Conference.  He has also been involved (for shorter intervals) with the Middle East Etc Film Club and the Graduate and Professional Student Association.

Generally, his research interests gravitate around the areas of race/ethnicity, the media, and representation.  Past work has focused on the portrayal of African Americans and formations of whiteness in popular culture through the medium of Hollywood films.  Currently, issues of media policy and how it limits/expands diversity within the media landscape have been Jason’s focus.  The tension between what media policy and the overseers of media outlets allows for citizens to do with media and the developing technologies that break up that one-way street are a growing concern.  Additionally, Jason has interests in: global media systems and what that means for international relations; news and journalism; cosmopolitan theory; white folk; pop culture; and democracy studies.


Email: jsm5@gmu.edu
Twitter: jasonsm55

Selected Works Available Online

Communication in Action: Bridging Research and Policy
Edited Section | 2015 | International Journal of Communication
*Editors’ introduction available here

Promoting Digital Equality
Chapter | 2012 | Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions 2012

Shaping 21st Century Journalism
Policy Paper | Oct 27, 2011 | New America Foundation

Media is Growing More White.  What’s the FCC Doing About It?
Op-Ed | Aug 11, 2011 | Colorlines