Whitney DeCamp

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Whitney DeCamp
Director of the Kercher Center for Social Research and Professor of Sociology
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Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5257 USA
  • Ph.D., Criminology, University of Delaware, 2009
  • M.S., Administration of Justice, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • B.S., Criminal Justice, York College of Pennsylvania, 2004
Teaching interests: 
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Statistics
  • Technology and society
Research interests: 
  • Intellectual property
  • Technology and society
  • Media

Dr. Whitney DeCamp is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University and the director of the Kercher Center for Social Research. He has a wide range of research interests and, at last count, has authored or co-authored over 80 publications, including more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has also worked on various funded research projects, including mail, phone, and web-based surveys, in addition to other types of research designs. During his time at WMU, he has been Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on projects totaling over $500,000 in external funding.

DeCamp's most recognized work focuses on video games, especially the connection between violent media and behavior. His work in this area has been published in high-impact journals, such as "Computers in Human Behavior", "Journal of Youth and Adolescence", and "Personality and Individual Differences". His work has also been featured by CNN, Encore, FOX News, GQ, Michigan Radio (National Public Radio), MSNBC Live, NBC News, Teen Vogue, and Time.

As a faculty member at WMU, DeCamp has received several awards in recognition of his achievements. At the university-level, he has received an Excellence in Discovery Award and an Innovative Teaching Award. From the College of Arts and Sciences he has received a Faculty Achievement Award in Research and Creative Activity and a Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching. He has also twice received a student-organized award in sociology for Outstanding Faculty Mentor.

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