Curriculum Vitae

September 2017


EDUCATION

Ph.D., Sociology, George Mason University, 2016

Title: “Hardware, Software, and ‘Peopleware:’ Educational Technology and Embedded Struggles in U.S. High Schools” (Chair: Amy L. Best)

M.A., Sociology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2009

B.A., Ancient Studies, Washington University in St. Louis, 2006


PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

2018-present, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

2017-present, Few Years’ Resolution, Founder, Director, and Producer

2013-2016, George Mason University, Institute for Immigration Research, Graduate Research Fellow

2013-2015, George Mason University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Graduate Lecturer

2009-2013, George Mason University, Center for Social Science Research, Graduate Research Fellow


PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

Best, Amy L. and Randy Lynn. 2017. “Youth and Consumer Markets.” Pp. 244-251 in Routledge Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood, 2nd ed., edited by Andy Furlong. New York: Routledge.

Lynn, Randy and James C. Witte. 2015. “Do Social Network Sites Increase, Decrease, or Supplement the Maintenance of Social Ties?” Pp. 79-107 in Communication and Information Technologies Annual: Politics, Participation, and Production, edited by S. R. Cotten, L. Robinson, and J. Schulz. Cambridge, MA: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Witte, James, Marissa Kiss, and Randy Lynn. 2013. “The Internet and Social Inequalities in the U.S.” Pp. 67-84 in The Digital Divide: The Internet and Social Inequality in International Perspective, edited by M. Ragnedda and G. W. Muschert. New York: Routledge.

Shields, Nancy, Carlie Fieseler, Cassie Gross, Meredith Hilburg, Nick Koechig, Randy Lynn, and Brandi Williams. 2010. “Comparing the Effects of Victimization, Witnessed Violence, Hearing about Violence, and Violent Behavior on Young Adults.” Journal of Applied Social Science 4(1): 79-96.

Research Reports and Popular Press

Allison, Marisa, Randy Lynn, and Victoria Hoverman. 2014. “Indispensable But Invisible: A Report on the Working Climate of Non-Tenure Track Faculty at George Mason University.” Public Sociology Association, George Mason University.

Lynn, Randy. 2013. “#immigrationreform: The Debate on Twitter.” George Mason University Institute for Immigration Research: Research Brief.

Lynn, Randy and James Witte. 2013. “Immigration Reform Power Tweeters: Part 2.” Huffington Post, December 9.

Lynn, Randy and James Witte. 2013. “Immigration Reform Power Tweeters: Part 1.” Huffington Post, November 5.

Lynn, Randy and James Witte. 2013. “Immigration Reform, the Boston Marathon Bombings, and Twitter.” Huffington Post, May 1.

Encyclopedia Entries

Best, Amy and Randy Lynn. 2015. “Consumption, Girls’ Culture and.” Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd edition.


AWARDS AND HONORS

2016, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dissertation Fellowship, George Mason University ($10,000)

2013, Summer Doctoral Programme, University of Oxford (UK) Internet Institute, July 8-19, Toronto, ON.

2011, Summer Social Webshop, Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland, August 23-26, College Park, MD.

2010, Summer Research Institute, National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect, Cornell University, June 14-18, Ithaca, NY.

2010, Irene B. Taeuber Graduate Student Paper Award, District of Columbia Sociological Society

2009-2012, Presidential Scholarship, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, George Mason University

2009, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Sociology, University of Missouri-St. Louis

2008, Alumni Agent Scholarship for Outstanding Performance by a Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, University of Missouri-St. Louis


CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Papers Presented

Allison, Marisa, Randy Lynn, and Victoria Hoverman. 2013. “Inequality in the Lecture Hall: The Precarious Employment of Contingent Faculty.” 38th annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology, October 9-13, Washington, DC.

Allison, Marisa, Randy Lynn, and Victoria Hoverman. 2013. “Advocating for Higher Ed’s Precariat: Doing Public Sociology in the Halls of the Academy.” 3rd annual Public Sociology Graduate Conference, October 12, George Mason University, Arlington, VA.

Lynn, Randy and Marisa Camille Allison. 2013. “Gendered Work and Market Influences in an Educational Technology Initiative: Hardware, Peopleware, Soldiers, Divas, and Prostitutes.” 108th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 10-14, New York, NY.

Lynn, Randy. 2012. “Actor, Medium, Setting: Integrating Online and Offline.” Theorizing the Web 2012 Conference, April 14, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Lynn, Randy. 2012. “What Are We Blocking? Guardian Intervention Strategies and Online Safety Among Youths.” 82nd annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, February 23-26, New York, NY.

Semeni, Mina, Randy Lynn, and Jason Smith. 2011. “Social Media and Revolutionary Movements: Toward Research and Activist Agendas.” 1st annual Public Sociology Graduate Conference, October 22, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Lynn, Randy and James C. Witte. 2011. “Social Network Sites, Social Ties, and Social Capital.” 106th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 20-23, Las Vegas, NV.

Lynn, Randy and Jeffrey Johnson. 2011. “‘Bitches Love’ Ambiguous Sexism: Gender, ‘Karma,’ and the Limits of Male Progressivism in Online Communities.” Theorizing the Web 2011 Conference, April 9, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Lynn, Randy and James C. Witte. 2011. “Repaired Is Broken: Newsgroup Commodification, Prosumption, and Rebellion.” Annual meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, March 24-27, St. Louis, MO.

Lynn, Randy. 2010. “Constructing Parenthood in Moral Panics of Youth, Digital Media, and ‘Sexting.’” 105th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 14-17, Atlanta, GA.

Lynn, Randy and James C. Witte. 2010. “Learning to Like Facebook? Social Categories, Social Network Site Selection, and Social Network Site Uses.” Annual meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society and North Central Sociological Association, March 31-April 3, Chicago, IL.

Discussant

“Academic Activism for Academic Laborers: Sociology in Support of Action.” 2014. 4th annual Public Sociology Graduate Conference, October 18, George Mason University, Arlington, VA.

“Institutionalization of Social Movements in Higher Education.”  2012. 2nd annual Public Sociology Graduate Conference, October 20, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Campus or Departmental Talks

Lynn, Randy. 2011. “Debunking Digital Dualism, Disembodiment, and the Spatialization of the Internet: Toward a New Sociology of Digitally Mediated Social Behavior?” Center for Social Science Research, George Mason University, November 10.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

George Mason University

Education in Contemporary Society (Fall 2015)

Social Problems (Spring 2014, Fall 2013)

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Sociology of Deviant Behavior (Summer 2009)

Teaching Assistantships

Sociological Statistics (Summer 2009, Spring 2009, Spring 2008)

Advanced Quantitative Methods (Spring 2009, Spring 2008)

Drugs, Alcohol, and Society (Fall 2008)

Masculinities (Summer 2008)

Introduction to Sociology (Summer 2008)

Additional Qualifications

 Certificate in University Teaching, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2009.


SERVICE

2016-present, Advisory board member, The Sociologist.

2012, Planning committee member and opening remarks: 2nd annual Public Sociology Graduate Conference, October 20, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

2012, Manuscript referee, Sociological Quarterly.

2011, Co-founder, chair of planning committee, and opening remarks: 1st annual Public Sociology Graduate Conference, October 22, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

2010-2016, Co-founder, member: Graduate Student Sociological Association, George Mason University.

2010-2016, Co-founder, member: Public Sociology Association, George Mason University.

2010-2011, Academic delegate, Graduate and Professional Student Association, George Mason University.

2009, Manuscript referee, Sociological Quarterly.


MEDIA COVERAGE

“I Was a Professor at Four Universities. I Still Couldn’t Make Ends Meet.” 2015. Washington Post, March 6.

“‘Overworked, Underpaid, and Undersupported.’” 2014. Science Careers, October 21.

“George Mason Grad Students Release Adjunct Study.” 2014. Inside Higher Ed, October 13.

“Survey of Adjuncts at George Mason U. Finds Big Gaps in Training and Pay.” 2014. The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 9.

“Study of GMU Contingent Faculty Most Comprehensive to Date.” 2014. New Faculty Majority, October 3.


REFERENCES

Amy L. Best, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, George Mason University.

Hugh Gusterson, Professor, International Affairs and Anthropology, George Washington University.

Victoria Nash, Director of Graduate Studies and Policy and Research Fellow, University of Oxford Internet Institute.

Kelly Schrum, Associate Professor, Higher Education Program, George Mason University.

James C. Witte, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, George Mason University.