Simon Gottschalk

Professor, Sociology
Associate, Centre International de Recherche sur l'Individu et la Société Hypermodernes (Paris)
Expertise: Computer-mediated communication, internet studies, Social psychology, Sociology of mental disorders, Environmental sociology, Popular culture and mass media

Biography

For the past several years, Gottschalk's work has revolved around the social and psychological effects of our increasingly online lives in areas such as work, education, family life, cognitive and emotional aptitudes, interactions, our sense of self, etc. He has been interviewed extensively by the local media, and is cited in CNet, the New York Times and the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

He is a former president of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and former editor of its flagship journal Symbolic Interaction. He also is an associate at the Paris-based Research Center on Hypermodern Individuals and Societies.

Gottschalk is the co-author of The Senses in Self, Society, and Culture (Routledge), and the author of many book chapters and articles that provide a critical social psychological approach to topics such as computer-mediated communication, hypermodern theory, mass media, popular culture, terrorism, mental disorders, youth cultures, and others. 

Simon Gottschalk In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 17, 2019
In his office at UNLV, sociology professor Simon Gottschalk tapped his keyboard.
Las Vegas Sun
October 15, 2019
Perusing through websites filled with threads espousing hatred toward Jews and other minorities isn’t exactly the sort of reading UNLV sociologist Simon Gottschalk enjoys.
Yahoo!
October 9, 2019
UNLV researchers wanted to understand what moves people from expressing their private thoughts to like-minded individuals online to violent actions off line.
KTNV-TV: ABC 13
October 9, 2019
How does the echo chamber of online chats groups transform hate speech into hate crimes?

Articles Featuring Simon Gottschalk

closeup of computer keyboard with HATE spelled out in red letters
ResearchOctober 2, 2019
UNLV sociologist on how interacting in online white supremacist networks can convert hateful words into real violence.
Concept illustration of a businessman trying to unplug the brain, sabotage, killing creativity
ResearchFebruary 21, 2019
Technology overload is harming our physical, mental, and social health, says a UNLV sociologist.
petri dish and beakers containing liquids
ResearchDecember 26, 2018
In 2018, faculty and students collaborated with one another and international colleagues on scientific exploration that sought to help people make sense of themselves and the world around them.
Silhouette of man sitting in a dark room in front of a glowing computer screen.
ResearchJune 5, 2018
Technology carries the promise to make our lives easier, but at what price? UNLV sociologist Simon Gottschalk explains his research in a new book.