|Professor of Practice (Ph.D. University of Connecticut)
220F Newcomb Hall
Cultural Sociology, Media Sociology, Cognition, Crime and Incarceration, Social Control
Current Research Projects
Stephen Ostertag's scholarship is on the intersections of cognitive sociology, ontology and the news media. He is currently working on a book length manuscript in which he discusses the mental and behavioral practices people evoke as they interact with their news environment, particularly in ways that neutralize potential threats to their ontological dispositions. His future work will focus on local media producers (e.g., citizen journalists) and their use of new media technologies to produce local news while considering questions of cognition, ontology and ultimately, citizenship.
Ostertag, Stephen. (Forthcoming, Spring, 2010). “Establishing News Confidence: A Qualitative Study into How People Use the News Media to Know the News-World.” Media, Culture and Society.
Ostertag, Stephen (with Dina Giovanelli). (2009). “Controlling the Self: Media Representations, Body Size and Discipline.” In The Fat Studies Reader. Esther Rothblum and Sondra Solovay (eds.), NYU Press.
Ostertag, Stephen (with Gaye Tuchman). (2008). “Blogs and Journalists’ Practices: Net Neutrality and Digital Inequality.” in Participation and Media Production: Critical Reflections on Content Creation. Nico Carpentier and Benjamin De Cleen (eds.). Cambridge Scholars Publishers.
--To be translated into Danish by Ida Schultz and reprinted in Denmark.
Ostertag, Stephen, Bradley R. E. Wright, Robert S. Broadhead, and Frederick L. Altice.(2006). “Trust and Other Characteristics Associated with Health Care Utilization by Injection Drug Users.” Journal of Drug Issues. 36(4): 953-974.
Criminology (SOCI 103)
Media, Crime & Justice (SOCI 210)