Whitney DeCamp

Dr. Whitney DeCamp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Kercher Center for Social Research 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 criminology, research methodology, statistics, intellectual property issues, video games, the media, sociology of the Internet, and technology and society. 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 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 copyright law and related issues surrounding digital media. His research has appeared in such venues as Computers in Human Behavior, Deviant Behavior, European Journal of Criminology, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Journal of Early Adolescence, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 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.