Director of Social Policy & Practice
Ortiz, David G. and Stephen F. Ostertag "Katrina Bloggers and the Development of Collective Civic Action: The Web as a Virtual Mobilizing Structure." Sociological Perspectives. (Forthcoming)
Ostertag, Stephen F. and David G. Ortiz. "The Battle over Meaning: Digitally Mediated Processes of Cultural Trauma and Repair in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina." The American Journal of Cultural Sociology. (Forthcoming)
Ostertag, Stephen, F."Becoming Pure: The Civil Sphere, Media Practices and Constructing Civil Purification." Cultural Sociology. (Forthcoming)
Ostertag, Stephen, F. and Gaye Tuchman (2012). "When Innovation Meets Legacy: Citizen Journalists, Ink Reporters and Television News." Information, Communication & Society. 15(6): 909-931.
Ostertag, Stephen and William Armaline. (2011)."Image Isn't Everything: Contemporary Systemic Racism and Anti-Racism in the Age of Obama." Humanity and Society. 35(3): 63-91.
Ostertag, Stephen. (2010)"Processing Culture: Cognition, Ontology, and the News Media." Sociological Forum. 25(4): 824-850.
Ostertag, Stephen, F. and David G. Ortiz. "Blogging and Civic Participation: Evidence against the Substitution Hypothesis" (Under Review at Social Problems).
Ostertag, Stephen, F. "Theorizing News in Civil Society: Production, Text, and Practice" (in preparation for submission to the Theory and Society).
I have taught a number of courses in media and cultural sociology, criminology, and deviant behavior, as well as several special topics courses (e.g., Media, Crime and Justice; Cognitive Sociology; Race, Crime and Control). I also taught a range of different students, including both traditional and non-traditional, and students of various intellectual strengths, ages, and social/cultural backgrounds (including an introductory sociology course at a New Orleans public high school). Finally, I teach two service-learning courses; a Criminology course in which students work with the Orleans Public Defenders on indigent defense in New Orleans, and a special topic course titled Race, Crime and Control, in which students work with the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana on reentry and recidivism practices and policies.
Outside the academy I served on the board of The Lens, a New Orleans-based online news organization that emerged in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. I taught an introductory sociology course at McDonogh 35 high school, a well-known New Orleans public high school located in the city's Treme neighborhood, and was a panelist at the 2011 annual Rising Tide conference, which is a city-wide event organized by "Katrina bloggers" to critique the city's rebuilding and recovery efforts.Finally, I have contributed to a number of more mainstream news outlets, including discussing youth homelessness on WDSU evening television news and New Orleans homicides in The Louisiana Weekly (the city's traditionally African-American weekly newspaper).
Cultural Sociology, Media Sociology, Cognition, Crime and Incarceration, Social Control.