R.J. Maratea is Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at George Washington University. His research focuses on capital punishment and the sociological implications of mass communication. He has authored and co-edited several books, including The Politics of the Internet (Lexington 2014), Race and the Death Penalty  (with David Keys, Lynne Rienner 2016), and Social Problems in Popular Culture (with Brian Monahan, Policy Press 2016).