This site is primarily designed to provide easy, free access to the research articles with which I have been involved. Open-access is an important part of the free-exchange of ideas, both theoretical and empirical. The Internet brings to us the ability to easily exchange information at virtually no marginal cost, and we should use that ability to disseminate knowledge as much as possible.
I have had the pleasure of working on some great research projects in my short career. Included in my curriculum vitae is a list of some select research projects on which I have worked in the last few years. I have several years of experience working on funded research projects, including with a variety of approaches to data gathering, such as mail-based, in-person, and Internet-based surveys. If you have an idea for a new research project, please feel free to contact me. Large-scale projects can be accommodated through the Kercher Center for Social Research at Western Michigan University. For smaller projects, one-on-one consulting is also available.
Dr. Whitney DeCamp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University. His degrees include a B.S. in Criminal Justice from York College of Pennsylvania (2004), an M.S. in Administration of Justice from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (2005) and a Ph.D. in Criminology from University of Delaware (2009).
Dr. DeCamp's research interests primarily include research methodology, statistics, criminological theory, sociology of the Internet, the media, and copyright issues. In addition to these areas, he also has been involved in a wide range of research projects in other substantive areas, and enjoys the challenges of applying his quantitative training to research in areas of interest other than his own. One particularly longstanding interest is in the area of copyright. 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 copyright law and related issues surrounding digital media. His research has appeared in such venues as Deviant Behavior, the Journal of Drug Issues, the Journal of Early Adolescence, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and various other peer-reviewed journals.
In addition to these research interests, Dr. DeCamp has also worked on various funded research projects both before and since arriving at WMU. Though experienced with a variety of research approaches, much of his work has involved survey-based research and he has founded several on-going electronic service-oriented survey projects. He conducts some of his research through the Kercher Center for Social Research at Western Michigan University.