Research Interests: My work centers on the interface between deviance and social control, media, and crime. This includes sport cultures, drug regulation, surveillance, and social media. I am particularly interested in the creation and resistance of measures adopted to respond to the use of new and emergent enhancement technologies.
2010 Ph.D., Justice and Social Inquiry. Arizona State University
2003 MS. Criminology & Criminal Justice. Northern Arizona University
1998 BS. Criminology & Criminal Justice. Northern Arizona University
Courses taught at Western Carolina University
Introduction to Criminal Justice:
Social Justice and the Law:
Sports, Crime and Delinquency
Recent Select Publications
Brown, Steve and Ophir Sefiha, eds., 2017. The Routledge Handbook of Deviance. London: Routledge. Forthcoming.
Sefiha, Ophir. 2016. “Riding Around Stigma: Professional Cycling and Stigma Management in the ‘Clean Cycling’ Era.” Sport & Communication. DOI: 10.1177/2167479516640751
Sefiha, Ophir and Nancy Reichman. 2016. “When Every Test is a Winner: Clean Cycling, Surveillance, and the New Preemptive Governance.” Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 40, 197-217.
Sefiha, Ophir and Nancy Reichman. 2014. “(Be)coming Clean: Confessions as Governance in Professional Cycling. Catalan Journal of Communication and Media, 6, 177-195.
Kopak, Al and Ophir Sefiha. 2014. Becoming Badass. Teaching Katz’s “Ways of the Badass” Using the Breaking Bad Television Series. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 26, 94-114.
Recent conference presentations
Sefiha, O. (2016, November). Surveillance, Social Media, and the ‘Clean Athlete.’ Presented at the American Society of Criminology annual conference. New Orleans, LA.
Brown, S. (2016, November). Revisiting Deviance: Perspectives From Pimps, Cockfighters and Bikers. Presented at the American Society of Criminology annual conference. New Orleans, LA.
Sefiha, O., Burgason, K., & Briggs, L (2016, March). But is it Cheating? Evolving Expectations of Online Academic Dishonesty. Presented at the American Criminal Justice Society annual conference. Denver, CO.
Sefiha, O. & Nancy Reichman (2015, November). A Fork in the Road to Clean Cycling: The Cycling Independent Reform Commission and the Future of Anti-Doping. Presented at the American Society of Criminology annual conference. Washington, DC.
Recent Funding Award
2017 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research Grant Program. Project Title: Understanding Doping and Anti-Doping Among Collegiate Cyclists.