Scott Bonn, Ph.D.
Madison, NJ 07928
April 14, 2014
2007 Ph.D. University of Miami, Miami, FL, Sociology
-Dissertation: “Whoppers of Mass Deception (WMD): Presidential Rhetoric, Moral Panic and
the War in Iraq.” (Committee: Amie L. Nielsen (Chair); George Wilson; Joanne
Kaufman, SUNY Albany; Michael Welch, Rutgers University). Using an integrated
theoretic orientation (involving critical sociology and communication theory), and a
quantitative analysis of the effects of media disseminated presidential rhetoric on public
opinion, I examined a proposition that the war in Iraq resulted from a moral panic
precipitated by the George W. Bush administration and fueled by the U.S. news media.
-Comprehensive examinations completed: Criminology, Race and Ethnic Relations,
Research Methods and Statistics, Sociological Theory.
2003 M.S. San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, Criminal Justice Administration
1979 B.A. Kent State University, Ohio, Journalism (Magna cum Laude)
Academic Teaching Experience
2007- Associate Professor, Sociology, Drew University
2004-2007 Graduate Teaching Associate, Sociology, University of Miami
2004 Summer Tutor, Athletic Department, University of Miami
2003-2004 Graduate Research Assistant, Sociology, University of Miami
2002-2003 Graduate Research Assistant, Criminal Justice Administration, San Jose State
Areas of Specialization
Crime and the Media
State and White Collar Crime
Introduction to Sociology
Seminar on Crime and the Media
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Social Research Methods
2014 Olney, Maeve and Scott Bonn. “An Exploratory Study of the Legal and Non-Legal Factors
Associated with Exoneration for Wrongful Conviction: The Power of DNA Evidence" has been accepted for publication by Criminal Justice Policy Review.
2011 Bonn, Scott. “How an Elite-Engineered Moral Panic Led to the U.S. War on Iraq.”
Critical Criminology, 19 (3), 227-249.
2010 Nielsen, Amie L., Scott Bonn and George Wilson. “Racial Prejudice and Spending on
Drug Rehabilitation: The Role of Attitudes Toward Blacks and Latinos.” Race and Social Problems, 2 (3), 149.
2008 Nielsen, Amie L. and Scott Bonn. “Media Exposure and Attitudes toward Drug Addiction,
1975-2004.” Deviant Behavior, 29, 726-752.
2004 Roberg, Roy and Scott Bonn. “Higher Education and Policing: Where Are We Now?”
Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 27 (4), 469-486.
2014 Bonn, Scott. “Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World’s Most
Savage Murderers” will be published by Skyhorse Press in October.
2010 Bonn, Scott. “Mass Deception: Moral Panic and the U.S. War on Iraq.” New Brunswick, NJ:
Rutgers University Press.
2012 Bonn, Scott. "The Social Construction of Iraqi Folk Devils: Post-9/11 Framing by the G.W. Bush Administration and U.S. News Media." In G. Morgan & S. Poynting (Eds.), Global Islamophobia: Muslims and Moral Panic in the West (pp. 83-100), London: Ashgate Press.
General Press Articles
2011 Bonn, Scott. “For Little Caylee, No Justice.” Op-Ed article in the New York Daily News, July 7.
2009 Bonn, Scott. “Why Obama Should Embrace International Law.” Op-Ed article in the The Daily
Record, April 26.
Academic Papers Presented
2013 Bonn, Scott. “The Curious Appeal of Jack the Ripper.” Paper accepted for presentation at the
annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, Atlanta, GA.
2012 Bonn, Scott. “The Public’s Fascination with Serial Killers.” Paper presented at the annual
meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, Chicago, IL.
2011 Bonn, Scott. “Why Barack Obama Should but Won’t Recognize International Law.”
Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, Washington, D.C.
Bonn, Scott. “Talk Radio and Dangers of Hate Speech.” Paper presented at Conference on
Journalism Ethics at the University of Oregon, May, Eugene, OR.
2010 Bonn, Scott. “Was ‘Dirty Harry’ Born That Way?” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, San Francisco, CA.
Bonn, Scott. “Islamophobia and the Social Construction of Evil in the US after 9/11.” Paper
presented at Nova Southeastern University, October, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
2009 Bonn, Scott. “Iraq War Confidential: The Lies and Crimes of the Bush Administration.” Paper
presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, Philadelphia, PA.
2008 Bonn, Scott. “The Post-9/11 Construction of Prejudice and Moral Panic Over Muslims in the
U.S.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology,
November, St. Louis, MO.
Bonn, Scott and Caitlin Killian. “Riding the Tide of Fear: Prejudice and Moral Panic Over
Muslims in the U.S. and France.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, April, Richmond, VA.
2007 Nielsen, Amie L., Scott Bonn and George Wilson. “Stereotypes and Drug Addiction Spending
Views: The Important Role of Attitudes toward Blacks and Latinos.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August, New York, NY.
2006 Bonn, Scott. “Whoppers of Mass Deception (WMD): Presidential Rhetoric, Moral Panic and the
War in Iraq.” Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, Los Angeles, CA. Chaired session on state and corporate crime.
2005 Bonn, Scott. “Setting the Agenda for War: Moral Panic and Public Opinion.” Paper presented at
the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, Toronto, CA.
2004 Bonn, Scott. “Targeting the Black Underclass: The War on Drugs.” Paper presented at the
annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, Nashville, TN.
Sagatun-Edwards, Inger, Scott Bonn, Vanessa Haug and Ravi Kehara. “A Descriptive Study of
Juvenile Domestic and Family Violence Incidents.” Paper presented at the annual
meeting of the Western Society of Criminology, February, Long Beach, CA.
2005 Bonn, Scott. “Beyond Malign Neglect: Moral Panic and the War on Drugs.” Poster presented at
the annual Research and Creativity Forum, April, University of Miami.
2010-2014 Interviewd on WPIX-TV about 19-year-old female suspected serial killer.
Interviewed on WCBS New York following an exclusive prison interview with David Berkowitz in March 2013.
Appeared as expert analyst in the Arts & Entertainment Cable Network documentary on the Long Island serial killer, July 2012.
Interviewed by Forbes.com on the Long Island serial killer case in “Long Island Serial Killer’s Victims are not Disposable” (December 7, 2011).
Guest appearance with Dr. Drew on the Headline News Network to discuss a criminal investigation into two mysterious deaths in Coronado, CA (August 10, 2011).
Participated in numerous radio interviews to support the release of the book, “Mass Deception: Moral Panic and the US War on Iraq.”
Frequently quoted in The New York Times and Huffington Post as an expert on sexual assault and serial homicide.
2009 Inaugural Drew Athletics Faculty Appreciation Award. Selected by Drew student athletes.
2008 Award of Academic Merit, Graduate School, University of Miami.
2006 Outstanding Teaching Associate 2005/2006, Department of Sociology, University of Miami.
Service: Drew University
2013 Adviser for the Specialized Honors Thesis of Maeve Olney.
Supervised the academic internships of Danah Lewis and Andrew Goldberg.
Elected to the Honors Committee.
2012 Leader of the Integrated Marketing Team in the Drew University Organizational Review, by presidential appointment.
Member of the Honors Thesis Committee of Nicole Donohue.
Supervised the internship of Courtney Ferrucci.
2011 Member of the Honors Thesis Committee of Lloyd Robotham.
Supervised the internships of Ashley Hall, Jazmin Andrews and Maeve Olney.
Guest speaker in the Drew “Honors Colloquium” Speaker Series, September 12.
2010- Faculty adviser to WMNJ, the student operated radio station, by presidential
2009 Member of the Honors Thesis Committee of Dana Etkowicz.
2008-2009 Served on the Joint Affirmative Action-Equal Employment Opportunity Committee and served as counselor for a tenure-track faculty hire in Economics, fall 2009.
2008- Member of the Sexual Harassment Committee.
2008 Supervised the academic internship of Brandon Renbaum.
2007- Official Representative to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social
Research (ICPSR). Liaison to insure that Drew students and faculty are apprised of all
research, publication, internship and training opportunities available through the ICPSR.
Departmental Service: Drew University
2012 Directed the independent studies of Matt Brisotti and Courtney Ferrucci.
2011 Faculty Adviser to the student Sociology Club, spring semester.
2010 Sociology representative at the Discover Drew Day Event, spring semester.
2009- Faculty Adviser to the Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) Sociology Honor Society and chaired the student induction event during spring semester.
2009 Speaker at the annual Sociology Student Awards Luncheon, spring semester.
Presenter of the Sociology awards at the annual College Awards Ceremony, spring semester.
2008 Sociology representative at the Discover Drew Day Event, fall semester.
Co-chaired the AKD Sociology Honor Society annual spring induction event. Recruited Professor Michael Welch, Rutgers University, to be the guest speaker.
2007 Speaker on “Sociology Career Night,” spring semester.
Service: University of Miami
2005-2007 Vice Chair and Arts & Sciences Representative on the Graduate Activity Fee Allocation
2011 College Seminar Workshop, Drew University, May 16-17.
2008 First Year Seminar Workshop, Drew University, May 19-20.
2007 Students with Disabilities, Drew University, fall semester.
2005 Research Ethics, University of Miami, spring semester.
2004 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Research Methods, University of Michigan.
Studied advanced regression analysis and matrix algebra.
American Sociological Association (member since 2003)
American Society of Criminology (member since 2003)
Corporate Experience (1979-2002)
Scott Bonn was a senior corporate executive with more than 20 years of experience in advertising and entertainment media. He had staff management and bottom line financial responsibilities.
1999-2002 President, Convergent Marketing Strategies, Inc., New York, NY.
1994-1999 Senior Vice President, Liberty Digital (TCI Music, Inc.), New York, NY.
1992-1994 Senior Vice President, Marketing, CCM, Inc., New York, NY.
1990-1992 Vice President, Client Marketing, NBC Television Network, New York, NY.
1986-1990 Director of Advertising Sales, POP Radio Network, New York, NY.
1979-1986 Media Director for several leading advertising agencies in Boston, New York and