Tenure at JSU:
Dr. Ross’ research primarily focuses on how everyday people interpret, negotiate, and manage institutional constraints. His current research addresses local perceptions and reactions to risk information and materials concerning the chemical weapons stockpile and incinerator in Anniston. This research suggests that the distribution and consumption of emergency information and materials primarily work to confirm, legitimate, and reify the established social order. His previous research documented the experiences of public teachers struggling with increasing standardization in Tennessee.
Dr. Ross has taught classes in Sociology and Psychology over the last five years. He engages students in a dialogue, and he always incorporates humor and imagination into the classroom. Inspired by Paulo Freire, Dr. Ross believes that education has the ability to be transformative and liberating.
Dr. Ross enjoys music, playing Judo, and spending time with his friends and family.