Dr Mark Jacobs is a cultural sociologist who received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He was the founding director of the Ph.D. Program in Cultural Studies at George Mason, the first interdisciplinary program in that field in the U.S. Jacobs has chaired both the Section on Culture of the American Sociological Association and the Research Network on Culture of the European Sociological Association. He has written *Screwing the System and Making It Work: Juvenile Justice in the No-Fault Society* (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1990), and collaborated with Gerald Suttles on *Front Page Economics* (Chicago, 2010); he has co-edited *The Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Culture* (2005) and *Culture, Communication, and Creativity* (Peter Lang, 2014). With Lynette Spillman, he co-edited a special issue of *Poetics* on "Cultural Sociology and Sociological Publics" (33:1, 2005).
Jacobs is studying the scandal as a social form and cultural object; and preparing a book proposal with the tentative title "Follow the Secret: The Forms of Scandal."