Timothy Recuber

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Tim Recuber

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2023
Monday and Wednesday,
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.;
and by appointment

Wright Hall 203



Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York

M.A., B.A. University of Maryland, College Park


Timothy Recuber is a sociologist whose research focuses on mass media, digital culture and emotions. He is the author of Consuming Catastrophe: Mass Culture in America's Decade of Disaster. The book argues that media coverage of the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings and the 2008 financial crisis encouraged viewers to empathize with the suffering of others, but in individualistic and short-sighted ways. His next book-length project will examine the ways that digital technologies are changing how we engage with death and dying.

Before coming to Smith, Recuber taught at Hamilton College and Princeton University. At Smith he teaches classes such as Introduction to Sociology, the Sociology of Emotions, Media Sociology and Qualitative Methods.

Selected Publications

“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).