Dr. Monahan earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Delaware after earning the M.A. in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University and the B.S. in Criminal Justice from Radford University. Dr. Monahan joined the Marywood faculty in 2012, where he will teach courses in sociology and criminal justice. His teaching interests include: introduction to sociology, social problems, media and society, deviant behavior, crime in the media, criminological theory, social control, and social movements.
Dr. Monahan's primary research interest is the role of media in society, particularly with respect to the production of concerns about crime and other social problems. He is the author of The Shock of the News: Media Coverage and the Making of 911 (published in 2010 by the NYU Press) and has authored/co-authored several journal articles, book chapters, and the other publications. His current research explores the ways that patterns in media coverage of crime can influence criminal justice policies and practices.
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