I am an author and researcher in the fields of sociology and criminology. My main interests are the social scientific study of rumor, the history of drugs and alcohol, and public health. After receiving my doctorate in sociology from the City University of New York Graduate Center, I did a post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral science at National Research and Development Institutes in New York City. In 2004, I published my first book, No Way of Knowing: Crime, Urban Legends, and the Internet with Routledge.

I taught sociology and criminology at the university level from 1993 to 2013, most recently as Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

My new book, Drink Spiking and Predatory Drugging: A Modern History, was released in July 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan.