Curriculum Vitae

Christian Alexander Vaccaro

251 2nd Street

Leechburg, PA 15656

724-448-9216

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology, 2011

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Dissertation: Two Analyses of Gender from Ethnographic Field Data on the Sport of Mixed Martial Arts

Dissertation Committee: Doug Schrock (chair), Janice McCabe, Deana Rohlinger, and Amy Koehlinger

Qualifying Exam: Sociological Social Psychology

Master of Science, Sociology, 2009

The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Thesis: Fighting Fear: Emotion Work in Manhood Acts

(winner of 2009 ASA Emotion Section Best Graduate Paper Award)

Master of Arts, Sociology, 2005

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Qualifying Exam: Sociology of Work and Organizations

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy (with highest distinction), 2004

Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Honors Thesis: History, Social Class, Spirituality: An Inquiry Into Marxist Alienation

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Social Psychology, Gender, Deviance, Media and Culture, Qualitative Research Methods

GRANTS

External

2015 (Co-PIs – Christian Vaccaro & Cory Shay) “IUP Veteran and Military Resource Center: Building Systems of Support, Improving Success, and Raising Visibility University-Wide” 479,576.91 Department of Education (Not Funded)

2015 (Co-PIs – Christian Vaccaro & Victor Garcia) “R21 Preliminary Life-Course Perspective Research on Adult Children in Military Families” 224,890.79 National Institutes of Health (Not Funded)

2014 (Co-PIs Pearl Berman & Christian Vaccaro) “Development and Assessment of Community Violence and Trauma Prevention Conference and Child and Adult Advocacy Studies (CAAST) Program”  PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Committee Grant 10,000 (Not Funded)

2012 (PI – Christian Vaccaro) “Rural Pennsylvania Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans’ Reintegration, Family Support, and Service Needs Assessment” Center for Rural Pennsylvania 77,847.11 (Not Funded)

2012 (PI – John Anderson) “Conceptualizations of the Juvenile Offender:   An Assessment of Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System from a Different Perspective” Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency 196,023.00 (Not Funded)

Internal

2014 (Co-PI Christian Vaccaro and Pearl Berman) “Deans’ Initiative Support Grant for REACH Conference – Understanding and Responding to Violence and Trauma” 15,000.00 (Funded)

2013 (PI – Christian Vaccaro) “AWES Support for Increasing Federal Grant Awards at IUP” 7700.00 (Funded)

2013 (PI – Christian Vaccaro & Michele Papakie) “Qualitative Inquiry on Family Impact for Campus Veterans’ Educational Performance” University Senate Grant 6300.00 (Funded)

2012 (PI – Alex Heckert) “Community Health and Well Being – Veterans Reintegration Research Cluster” President’s Strategic Initiative 175,000.00 (Funded)

2012 (Co-PI – Christian Vaccaro & Krys Kaniasty) “Healing wounds, healing families: Multidisciplinary Conference on Veterans Reintegration” President’s Strategic Initiative 94,400.92 (Not Funded)

BOOK

Vaccaro, Christian; Swauger, Melissa (2016) Unleashing Manhood in the Cage: Masculinity, Fighting, and Mixed Martial Arts. Lexington Books

Link to Book Website

PUBLISHED WORKS

Rohlinger, Deana; Vaccaro, Christian; Sessions, Miriam; Mauney, Heather. (2015) “Identity Claims-Making in the Terri Schiavo Case” Social Currents.

Martin, James; Vaccaro, Christian; Heckert, Alex; Heasley, Robert. (2015) “Epic Glory and Manhood Acts in Dagorhir” Journal of Men’s Studies.

Vaccaro, Christian; Luckey, Rhonda; Shay, Cory (2015) “Impact Report: Military Resource Center” Division of Student Affairs Internal Report.

Belakova, Vendula; Vaccaro, Christian. (2013) “’A friend with weed is a friend indeed’: understanding the relationship between friendship identity and market relations among marijuana users” Journal of Drug Issues. 43(3): 289-313.

Vaccaro, Christian; Schrock, Doug; McCabe, Janice. (2011) “Managing Emotional Manhood:Fighting and Fostering Fear in Mixed Martial Arts” Social Psychology Quarterly. 74: 414-437.

* Reprinted in Cahill; Spencer, Sandstrom, Kent; Froyum, Carissa. (2013) Inside Social Life: Readings in Sociological Psychology and Microsociology. 7th ed. New York: Oxford University Press

Vaccaro, Christian. (2011) “Male Bodies in Manhood Acts: The Role of Body-Talk and Embodied Practice in Signifying Culturally Dominant Notions of Manhood” Sociology Compass. 5(1): 65-76.

Rohlinger, Deana; Vaccaro, Christian. (2012) “Mass Media and Social Movements” in The Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, edit by David Snow.

Vaccaro, Christian. (2011) “Inclusive Masculinities: The Changing Nature of Masculinity” by Eric Anderson. Book Review for Gender and Society. 25(1): 124-125.

PRESENTATIONS

2015 Papakie; Michele; Vaccaro, Christian “Military Family Strengths and Struggles” Western Pennsylvania Veterans Health Administration Combat Stress Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA

2015 Shay, Cory; Vaccaro, Christian “Impact Report: Military Resource Center” University President’s Cabinet Meeting, Indiana, PA

2014 Rohlinger, Deana; Vaccaro, Christian; Sessions, Miriam; Mauney, Heather “Identity Deployment, Social Movements, and the Battle over Terri Schiavo” American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA

2014 Vaccaro, Christian; Papakie, Michele; Heckert, Alex “The Invisible Work of Veteran Reintegration in the University Setting” Veterans in Higher Education Conference, Slippery Rock, PA

2014 Vaccaro, Christian; Papakie, Michele; Heckert, Alex “The Invisible Work of Veteran Reintegration in the University Setting” Eastern Sociological Society, Baltimore

2013 Vaccaro, Christian “The Gender Embodiment Cycle in Mixed Martial Arts” American Sociological Association, New York.

2013 Rohlinger, Deana; Vaccaro, Christian; Sessions, Miriam; Mauney, Heather “Identity in Action” American Sociological Association, New York.

2013 Heckert, Alex; Vaccaro, Christian “Ritualism is the New Conformity: Testing Merton’s Anomie Theory Using MIDAS Data” Eastern Sociological Society, Boston.

2013 Rohlinger, Deana; Vaccaro, Christian; Sessions, Miriam; Mauney, Heather. “Please Mr. Bush: The Strategic Use of Role-Identities in Political Communication.” Eastern Sociological Society. Boston, MA

2012 Rohlinger, Deana; Vaccaro, Christian; Sessions, Miriam; Mauney, Heather. “Please Mr. Bush: The Strategic Use of Role-Identities in Political Communication.” Pennsylvania Sociological Society. Pottsville, PA

2012 Vaccaro, Christian. “The Gender Embodiment Cycle in Mixed Martial Arts” North-Central Sociological Association. Pittsburgh, PA

2012 Martin, James; Vaccaro, Christian. “Social Awkwardness, Nerdism, and Manhood Acts in a Campus LARPing Group” North-Central Sociological Association. Pittsburgh, PA

2012 Kahle, Lindsay; Vaccaro, Christian. “Testing the Effects of Bullying and Cyber-bullying on Delinquency Using the Pennsylvania Youth Survey” North-Central Sociological Association. Pittsburgh, PA

2012 Vaccaro, Christian. “The Gender Embodiment Cycle in Mixed Martial Arts” Eastern Sociological Society. New York, NY

2012 Martin, James; Vaccaro, Christian. “Social Awkwardness, Nerdism, and Manhood Acts in a Campus LARPing Group” Eastern Sociological Society. New York, NY

2012 Kahle, Lindsay; Vaccaro, Christian. “Testing the Effects of Bullying and Cyber-bullying on Delinquency Using the Pennsylvania Youth Survey” Eastern Sociological Society. New York, NY

2011 Vaccaro, Christian. “Gender Structure and Framing Men’s Actions in the Sport of Mixed Martial Arts” Pennsylvania Sociological Society Meeting. Greensburg, PA

2011 Vaccaro, Christian. “Sociology for the Purpose of Service: Assimilating, Agitating, and Leading.” Invited Lecture for Alpha Kappa Delta Induction Ceremony. Indiana, PA

2011 Vaccaro, Christian; Rogers, Kyle; Erdemli, Serkan; Rohlinger, Deana. “How are Emotions Linked to Social Movement Framing?: The Case of Terri Schiavo” Eastern Sociological Society. Philadelphia, PA

2011 Vaccaro, Christian. “Walking the Tight-Rope: Manhood Acts, Gender Structure, and Men’s Negotiated Signification of their Actions as Dangerous and Safe in the Sport of Mixed Martial Arts” Southern Sociological Society. Jacksonville, FL

2010 Belakova, Vendula; Zabransky, Tomas; Vaccaro, Christian. “Marijuana Markets in The Czech Republic and the United States: Different Drug Policies, Markets, and Harms” Mid-Southern Sociological Association. Baton Rouge, LA.

2010 Schrock, Doug; McCabe, Janice; Vaccaro, Christian. “‘Reformed’ Batterers’ Tragic Narratives: Othering Women, Transforming Genres, and Reproducing Men’s Violence”American Sociological Association, Atlanta, GA

2010 Vaccaro, Christian; Rogers, Kyle; Erdemli, Serkan; Rohlinger, Deana. “Media Framing, Emotion Resonance, and Political Activism: The Case of Terri Schiavo” Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA

2010 Vaccaro, Christian. “Using Online Materials to Supplement Ethnographic Research” Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA

2009 Schrock, Doug; McCabe, Janice; Vaccaro, Christian. “The ‘Other’ in Self-Narratives: Batterer Intervention Program Graduates’ Construction of Blameworthy Victims” Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism, San Francisco, CA

2009 Vaccaro, Christian. “Fighting Fear: Emotion Work in Manhood Acts” Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, LA

2009 Vaccaro, Christian. “Inconsistent applications: Comparing Connell’s definition of hegemonic masculinity to others’ use of the term” Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, LA

2009 Vaccaro, Christian. “Integrating Vertical, Horizontal, and Group-Process Models of Expertise: Developing a Symbolic Interactionist Approach to Embodiment Processes” Florida Society of Social Science, Gainesville, FL

2008 Vaccaro, Christian. “Mixed Martial Arts and Masculine Emotion Work” Southern Sociological Society, Richmond, VA

POSITIONS

2016-Present   Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2012-2016   Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2011-Present   Research Associate, Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2011-2012       Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2010                Adjunct Faculty, Department of Sociology, University of North Florida

2005-2007       Instructor, Department of Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2007                Adjunct Faculty, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Pennsylvania State University

2005                Adjunct Faculty, Department of Sociology, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

COURSES TAUGHT

Introduction to Sociology SOC 151

What Makes Us Human HONORS 001

Delinquency and Youth SOC 333

Sociology of Deviance SOC 269

Sociology of Deviance (Graduate) SOC 744

Theories of Sociological Social Psychology (Graduate) SOC 781

Introduction to Poly-Victimization (Graduate) SOC 781/881 & PSYC 981

Interpersonal Dynamics SOC 345

Sociology of Mass Media (Online) SOC 421

Understanding and Responding to Violence and Trauma SOC 481 & PSYC 481

Social Psychology (Online) SYO 3000

Social Problems SOC 231

MEMBERSHIPS

American Sociological Association

Pennsylvania Sociological Society

Eastern Sociology Society

Southern Sociological Society

North-Central Sociological Association

STUDENTS MENTORED

Lindsay Kahle, MA (2012) Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Chair

James Martin, MA (2013) Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Chair

Kristy Notestine, MA (2013) Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Chair

Brian Farester, PhD (2015) Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Committee Members

Don Kaminski, PhD (in preparation) Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Chair

Matthew Godissart, (in preparation) Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Chair

Jessica Baum, PhD (in preparation) Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Committee Member

Erika Farester, PhD (in preparation) Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Committee Member

Todd McKeever, PhD (in preparation) Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Committee Member

SERVICE TO DEPARTMENT/UNIVERSITY

REACH Conference Organizer Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2013-2014

Coordinator Veterans Research Cluster Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2013-2015

Veterans Outreach Group, Chair of Research and Assessment Committee 2013-2015

APSCUF Legislative Co-Chairperson 2015

APSCUF Legislative Committee Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2012-2015

APSCUF Department Representative 2013-2014

Northpointe Faculty Senate Representative 2013-2015 (Development and Finance Committee)

Sociology Master’s Committee Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2013-2015

Department Website Advisor 2013-2015

Co-Advisor, Undergraduate Sociology Club 2013-2015

Search Committee (3 successful hires), Sociology Department 2012-2013

Undergraduate Committee Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2011-2012

Departmental Awards Committee Florida State University 2009-2010

Colloquium Committee Florida State University 2008-2009

Graduate Program Committee Florida State University 2008-2009

Qualitative Research Group, co-chair Florida State University 2008-2011

SERVICE TO PROFESSION

Occasional Reviewer for The Sociological Quarterly

Occasional Reviewer for Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change

Occasional Reviewer for Social Psychology Quarterly

SERVICE TO COMMUNITY

Elected Councilman, Borough of Leechburg

Board of Directors, Leechburg Library

Board of Directors, My New Leaf

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