Scott Setchfield is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University-Bloomington, where he received his M.A. in 2010. He graduated summa cum laude from Central Michigan University in 2008 with concentrations in Sociology and Spanish. His research and teaching interests include social psychology, social movements, deviance, social problems, and health. He has taught Introduction to Sociology; Deviant Behavior and Social Control; Mental Illness; Gender, Race and Crime; and Health and Aging.
Scott’s dissertation research is an ethnographic study of a state motorcyclists’ rights organization. In this research he explores the potential for identities rooted in leisure consumption to inspire sustained political action as well as how the motorcyclists’ rights movement is similar to and different from conceptualizations of “new” social movements. In addition, this project seeks to understand some motorcyclists’ opposition to mandatory helmet laws by exploring their understandings of safety and how these understandings differ from those of most medical, public health, and safety experts.