Whitney DeCamp

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Whitney DeCamp
Director of the Kercher Center for Social Research and Associate 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: 
  • Sociology of the Internet
  • Technology and society
  • Intellectual property

Dr. Whitney DeCamp is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University. DeCamp has been involved in a wide range of research projects and enjoys the challenges of applying his quantitative training to research in areas of interest other than his own. One particularly long-standing interest is in the area of intellectual property. Having studied digital copyright issues in his dissertation, his focus has shifted from examining the issue through a criminological lens to a broader interdisciplinary study of intellectual property law and related issues surrounding digital media. His research on these and other topics has appeared in various peer-reviewed journals.

In addition to these research interests, DeCamp has also worked on various funded research projects both before and since arriving at WMU. His work has involved, among other types of research, survey research of all kinds, including mail, phone and internet-based surveys. In addition to conducting data collection, DeCamp has training and experience with data analysis and the authoring of reports from survey and other types of data.

DeCamp is the recipient of a 2016-17 College of Arts and Sciences’ Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching.

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