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Books, projects, miscellaneous stuff 

My book on the crash of United Flight 93 was published in March 2015.  

Angel Patriots

An article on a piece of the Flight 93 research appeared in the Canadian Journal of Sociology.  I published a first article on this research in Visual Studies a few years ago.   My friend and colleague Philip Smith discussed some of this research in the opening chapter of the new edition of his book Researching the Visual.

Around the publication of the book, I did a number of radio interviews about the book:  1) one with the Marginalia Review of Books on the First Impressions program; 2) another with host Mike Pintek at KDKA in Pittsburgh; and a third, with Erika Funke on her WVIA (our central PA NPR affiliate) program ArtScene, that was broadcast near the 2015 Memorial Day weekend (part 1 and part 2).    

Bucknell has a nice 'Bucknell Answers' page on the book at present.

The Somerset, PA Daily American did a short story on my Flight 93 work way back in November 2008, and two Pittsburgh papers, the Post-Gazette and the Tribune-Review, did stories leading into the annual ceremonies in Shanksville for September 2009. 

In September 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attacks, I did a lengthy radio appearance on WVIA (with a second part here) and there were stories in Williamsport Sun-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  

Here are YouTube links for video interviews I did with the Post-Gazette and Bucknell Media Communications, both from 2009.

In August 2013, Berghahn Books published a book that I co-edited:  Durkheim, the Durkheimians, and the Arts looks at the Durkheimian tradition of thought on art and aesthetics, it contains contributions from some of the best interpreters of Durkheimian thought in the US and Europe. I did a short interview about the book with Berghahn for their book blog here.   Cover art by a former Bucknell student.  The book is now available in paperback as well.

Durkheim and Art cover

In summer 2010, I was asked by Oxford Bibliographies Online to do the entry for Durkheim. It can be found here (viewing the whole thing requires a subscription, but you can see the first page for free).

My introduction to the thought of Durkheim (The Social Thought of Emile Durkheim) for the SAGE Social Thinkers Series was published in February 2014. It should be a good text for undergraduate theory courses and a reference for graduate students.  Here's the SAGE listing for the book.

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Godless Intellectuals? is available from Berghahn Books. Here's the cover (image is based on something I did with some fractal art freeware):

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The book has been very favorably reviewed in many journals, including: American Journal of Sociology; Canadian Journal of Sociology; Anthropology Review Database; Durkheimian Studies; Implicit Religion; Journal of Contemporary Religion; Sociology of Religion; and (if you read Italian), Quaderni di Teoria Sociale.

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Impure Play: Sacredness, Transgression, and the Tragic in Popular Culture was published in 2010 by Lexington Books. Cover image is from a photo I took a few summers ago of a rowdy crowd at a soccer match in Morelia, Mexico. The book was very favorably reviewed in Contemporary SociologyAmerican Journal of Psychoanalysis, and Thesis Eleven

Other books I've had something to do with:

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Description: \\netspace\facultystaff\a\atriley\public\www\hertz.jpgThis is a collection of letters written by sociologist/philosopher/political activist Robert Hertz to his wife Alice (who was herself an important figure in the reform of the elementary educational system in France in the early 20th century), from the front during WWI, where Hertz died heroically in April 1915.  With help from Philippe Besnard, I edited and introduced it.


Here are a few mass media stories for which I was interviewed and quoted:


Stories in the AP and Chicago Tribune on the meaning of the death of Osama bin Laden.


An AP story on the cultural meaning of the merger of Marvel Comics and Disney


A Guardian piece on the Roman Polanski sex scandal case


A piece on Deutsche Welle on video games with religious themes


A Philadelphia Inquirer article on the phenomenon of YouTube celebrity and Glee


A number of different media pieces on the rise of "end of the world" narratives and various strange activities (e.g., companies emerging to offer timeshares in underground disaster shelters) associated with this cultural development; one current end time preacher, discussed in this article in the Omaha World-Herald, said the world would end on May 21, 2011 (all reports so far indicate he was mistaken)


A local newspaper (Daily Item) story on the Florida Christian pastor who threatened to burn copies of the Qur'an in response to the plan to build a Muslim community center near Ground Zero in New York City


A Christian Science Monitor story on Conan O'Brien and the future of the talk show format