Sean Doody

Sean Doody

Sean Doody

Graduate Research Assistant

Sociology: Political economy, digital sociology, computational sociology, science & technology, critical realism

Sean Doody is a doctoral student of sociology at George Mason University who studies political economy, science and technology, platform politics, and digital cultures. His dissertation research focuses on the epistemological challenges and sociopolitical conflicts surrounding the rise of autonomous political and epistemic communities online. Sean explores these themes by studying online fan communities of the “Intellectual Dark Web,” a controversial network of contrarian public intellectuals, podcasters, and social media influencers who have obtained notoriety for their opposition to progressive social justice activism.

A mixed methods sociologist, Sean uses computational social science tools—natural language processing and quantitative text analytics, machine learning, and social network analysis—in conjunction with qualitative analysis to study and scrutinize eclectic digital data and processes. He was a Presidential Scholar in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology from 2016 to 2020, and has worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. John G. Dale and the Center for Social Science Research.

His research has been published in Sociology CompassFast Capitalism, and featured in an academic encyclopedia detailing the challenges facing the American working class in the twenty-first century.

Selected Publications

Doody, Sean. 2020. "Reactionary Technopolitics: A Critical Sociohistorical Review." Fast Capitalism 17(1): 143–164.

Doody, Sean, Victor Tan Chen, and Jesse Goldstein. 2016. “Varieties of Entrepreneurial Capitalism: The Culture of Entrepreneurship and Structural Inequalities of Work and Business Creation.” Sociology Compass, 10(10): 858–876. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12407

Doody, Sean, and Jesse Goldstein. 2017. “The Work-Life Balance.” Pp. 324–327 in The American Middle-Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty, edited by Robert Rycroft. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood.

Grants and Fellowships

2020, Dissertation Research Fellowship, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, George Mason University
2020, Summer Research Fellowship, George Mason University
2019, Summer Research Fellowship, George Mason University
2018, Presidential Scholar Summer Research Fellowship, George Mason University
2017, Presidential Scholar Summer Research Fellowship, George Mason University
2017, Graduate Student Travel Grant, Law & Society Association
2016, Presidential Scholarship, George Mason University
2014, Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship, Virginia Commonwealth University

Courses Taught

SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology

Education

Ph.D. in Sociology, George Mason University (In progress)

M.S. in Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University (2016)

B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University (2014)

Recent Presentations

Doody, Sean. 2021. “Mapping Discourse in the ‘Intellectual Dark Web’: A Critical Computational Sociology.” 3-Minute Thesis Competition, George Mason University. Fairfax, VA, April 9th.

Dale, John, and Sean Doody. 2020. "Theorizing Digital Transformation: Implications for Human Rights Science and Technology." Accepted to the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. San Francisco, CA, August 7th—9th. Meeting canceled due to COVID-19.

Doody, Sean. 2019. "Debating Social Problems on Right-Wing YouTube Channels: Using Adorno to Study the Malicious Tactics of Rightist 'Public Conversation' Videos." Annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. New York, NY, August 10th.

Doody, Sean. 2018. "Abolishing Work: Negative Politics and the Value-Form." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Philadelphia, PA, August 10th

Dale, John, and Sean Doody. 2017. “Communitarian Entrepreneurship? Indigenous Governance, Impact Hubs, and Legal Challenges for Social Enterprise Development in Oaxaca, Mexico.” Paper presented at the International Meeting on Law and Society, Law and Society Association. Mexico City, Mexico, June 21st.

Doody, Sean. 2015. “Occupational Alienation: Marx’s Theory of Labor in the 21st Century.” Paper presented at the Annual Politics and Government Student Research Conference, Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, VA, April 10th.

Doody, Sean. 2014. “Conflict Minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Role of Private Enterprise in the Congolese Humanitarian Crisis.” Paper presented at the Annual Politics and Government Student Research Conference, Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, VA, April 14th.