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Timothy Recuber

Associate Professor of Sociology

Tim Recuber


Wright Hall 203


Timothy Recuber is a sociologist whose research focuses on mass media, digital culture and emotions. He is the author of two books—The Digital Departed: How We Face Death, Commemorate Life, and Chase Virtual Immortality and Consuming Catastrophe: Mass Culture in America's Decade of Disaster—as well as numerous articles and essays. 

Selected Publications

The Digital Departed: How We Face Death, Commemorate Life, and Chase Virtual Immortality. New York, NY: NYU Press (2023)

“Digital Discourse Analysis: A Small Data Approach to Online Spaces.” In J. Daniels, K. Gregory & T. McMillan Cottom (Eds.), Digital Sociologies (pp. 47-60). Bristol, UK: Policy Press. (2017).

Consuming Catastrophe: Mass Culture in America’s Decade of Disaster. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. (2016).

Maria Medvedeva & Timothy Recuber. “Developing an Original Argument: A Strategy for College Writing.” College Teaching, 64 (3), 139-144. (2016).

“From Obedience to Contagion: Discourses of Power in Milgram, Zimbardo, and the Facebook Experiment.” Research Ethics, 12 (1), 44-54. (2016).

“Occupy Empathy? Online Politics and Micro-narratives of Suffering.” New Media and Society, 17 (1), 62-77. (2015).              

“Disaster Porn!” Contexts, 12 (2), 28-33. (2013).                                                                 

“The Prosumption of Commemoration: Disasters, Digital Memory Banks, and Online Collective Memory.” American Behavioral Scientist, 56 (4), 531-549. (2012).

Office Hours

Fall 2023 
Wednesday 2–4 p.m.


Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.A., B.A. University of Maryland, College Park

Personal website

Selected Works in Smith ScholarWorks