Hello world!

My name is Jon LLoyd. I am a doctoral student at Virginia Tech in the Department of Sociology. My research interests include Hate Crime Prevention, Victimology of Hate Crimes, Criminology and Public Policy, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Digital Culture, History of Technology, and the History and Sociology of Hate Groups.

I am currently in the final stages of defending my MS Thesis,”Hate Managers and Where They Target: An Analysis of Hate Crime as Hate Group Self-Help”, which basically explores the ideas that defensive-motivated hate crimes should actually be viewed as an illegal form of social control and that hate groups act as managers who provide the resources necessary for such acts.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in both History and Sociology from Concord University in 2015, where I also performed archival research into and interviews with Eastern Orthodox pilgrims and monastics in the contiguous United States, contributing my findings that the Orthodox monastic community historically influences not only adherent’s spiritual life, but their political and social views as well.

I’m looking forward to growing and stimulating my intellectual curiosity through my future blog posts. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask through whatever is most convenient for you.

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