Dr. Sameer Hinduja is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. He has written seven books, and his interdisciplinary research is widely published and cited in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals. As a noted speaker and expert on teens and social media use, Dr. Hinduja also provides training to schools, youth organizations, parents, and kids on on the best practices of identification, prevention, and response. In addition, he is frequently asked to provide expert commentary by news organizations, and his work has been featured in venues that include CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, NPR's All Things Considered, the BBC, and The New York Times.
teens and technology, internet safety, bullying and cyberbullying, social media, cybercrime, information and corporate security, evaluation research, criminological theory, survey methodology (both traditional and online)
Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2016). Bullying Today: Bulletpoints and Best Practices. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (Corwin Press). ISBN: 978-1-5063-3597-1.
Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2015). Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (Corwin Press). 2nd Edition. ISBN: 1483349934.
Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2014). Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing. ISBN: 978-1575424514.
Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2014). A Leader’s Guide to Words Wound. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.
Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2012). School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting One Classroom at a Time. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (Corwin Press). ISBN: 1412997836.
Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2012). Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives. New York: Routledge. ISBN: 0415892376.
Hinduja, S. (2006). Music Piracy and Crime Theory. New York: LFB Scholarly, Inc. ISBN: 1593321244.
Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (in progress). Deterring Teen Bullying: Assessing the Impact of Perceived Punishment from Police, Schools, and Parents. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.
Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (in progress). The Empirical Status of Cyberbullying Research: A Comparative Analysis. Deviant Behavior.
Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2015). Defining Cyberbullying: Implications for Research. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 23, 69-74
Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2013). Cyberbullying among Adolescents: Implications for Empirical Research. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53(4), 431-432.
Patchin, J.W., Schafer, J. A., & Hinduja, S. (2013). Cyberbullying and Sexting: Law Enforcement Perceptions. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. - Reprinted in RCMP Gazette Magazine, 75(3).
Sabella, R. A., Patchin, J. W., & Hinduja, S. (2013). Cyberbullying myths and realities. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(6), 2703-2711.
Hinduja, S. & Kooi, B. (2013). Curtailing Cyber and Information Security Vulnerabilities through Situational Crime Prevention. Security Journal, 26(4):383-402.
Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2013). Social Influences on Cyberbullying Behaviors Among Middle and High School Students. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42 (5), 711-722. - Reprinted in Lanier, M. & Seigfried-Spellar, K. (2014). Essential Readings in Cybercrime Theory and Policy. San Diego, CA: Cognella.
Hinduja, S. (2012). The Heterogeneous Engineering of Music Piracy. Policy & Internet, 4 (3), 229-248.
Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2012). School-based Efforts to Prevent Cyberbullying. Prevention Researcher, 19 (3), 7-9.
Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2012). Cyberbullying: Neither an Epidemic Nor a Rarity. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 9 (5), 539-543.
Hinduja, S. (2012). General Strain, Self-Control, and Music Piracy. International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 6 (1), 951-967
Hinduja, S. & Higgins, G. E. (2011). Trends and patterns among music pirates. Deviant Behavior, 32, 1-26.
Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2011). Traditional and nontraditional bullying among youth: A test of general strain theory. Youth and Society, 43 (2) 727-751.
Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2011). Cyberbullying: A review of the legal issues facing educators. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 55(2), 71-78.
Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2011). High-tech cruelty. Educational Leadership, 68(5), 48-52.
Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2011). Cyberbullying and Self-Esteem. Journal of School Health, 80 (12), 614-621.
Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2010). Changes in Adolescent Online Social Networking Behaviors from 2006 to 2009. Computers and Human Behavior, 26, 1818-1821
Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2010). Bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide. Archives of Suicide Research, 14 (3), 206-221.
Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2010). Trends in online social networking: Adolescent use of MySpace over time. New Media and Society. 12(2) 197-216.
Hinduja, S. & Schafer, J. (2010). Cybercrime units on the world wide web. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, (2), 278-296. - Reprinted in Clark, J. W. (2011). American justice. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.
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Published 7 books, 10 peer-reviewed book chapters, and 41 academic journal articles
Publications have been cited over 6,600 times as of September 2016
Keynoting the 2017 World Anti-Bullying Forum
Spoke at "School Safety and Violence" Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill in February, 2015
Co-authored a white paper on cyberbullying for the White House
Works with numerous NGOs, GOs, and corporations
Spoke at TEDx in 2015 (Comparing Ourselves to Others)
Spoke at TEDx in 2014 (The Lost Art of Listening)Spoke at TEDx in 2013 (Single-Minded Focus)
Auburn University's Global Anti-Bullying Hero Award, 2015
Michigan State University's Distinguished Young Alumni Award, 2014
Listen Learn Care Award from the Office Depot Foundation, 2014
Children's Wireless Safety Achievement Award from the Wireless Foundation, 2014
Michigan State University's Commencement Speaker, 2013
Michigan State University's School of Criminal Justice Wall of Fame inductee, 2012
FAU's Teacher of the Year Award, 2011
FAU's Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award, 2015
FAU's Researcher of the Year Award, 2015, 2010
FAU's Freshman Convocation Speaker, 2010
Professionally, I spend my time researching, identifying, and sharing best practices for helping kids, teens, and young adults use social media and the Internet in positive, healthy, and productive ways. Promoting digital citizenship involves lots of formal and informal interaction with students (of all ages!), parents, educators, counselors, mental health professionals, and law enforcement. And that is my favorite part - I get to hear their stories, I can relate to what they are facing, and I feel compelled to make a difference. At the Cyberbullying Research Center, my colleague Justin W. Patchin and I collect data, analyze it, write about it in articles, books, blogs, and downloadable resources, and get out in the field to answer the primary questions of those on the front lines:
I am passionate about my work, and I can honestly say that I love what I do.
Personally, I simply like to live my life in a way that keeps me joyful and young at heart, and helps me to continually see the world and the people in it with awe, wonder, reverence, and thankfulness. As I get older, I have to be so intentional to guard against cynicism, busyness, pettiness, pride, apathy, and ingratitude. Life is rough and entropy is real, and if I don't actively fight against that tide, everything becomes a chore. And I don't want that. I am pretty sure you don't either. I love reflecting on and chatting about the human condition, and the desires and battles common to us all. If you ever want to hear my thoughts about this, or share with me yours, I would love to talk it out - reach out anytime!
Spending time with God, family, and friends
Exploring and adventuring
Playing acoustic guitar
Writing songs and poems
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