Dr. Rohloff's first university studies began in New Zealand, in psychology and biological sciences. While still maintaining a strong interest in both these areas, she soon switched her formal education to anthropology, criminology and sociology. In 2012, she completed a PhD on climate change, which synthesized the work of Norbert Elias with the concept of moral panic. She was a postdoc researcher at Brunel University, working on three research projects – in the areas of epilepsy, alcohol, and end of life care – while also teaching on a variety of modules in both sociology and media and communications. In addition, she the Director of the Moral Panic Research Network, co-convenor of the Research Group on Problematized Consumption and Identity, and co-convenor of the BSA Alcohol Study Group.
Her research interests related to four central, overlapping areas: the sociology of the body, health and illness; the sociology of the environment; the sociology of deviance; and sociological theory. Within these areas, she was particularly interested in: epilepsy and the sociology of medicine; alcohol, consumption, and addiction; the management of emotions and identity; climate change and living green; moral panics; the history of sociology; and figurational sociology. She published extensively in the areas of climate change, moral panics, and civilization.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Alcohol studies; climate change; crime and deviance; criminology; epilepsy; figurational sociology; history of alcohol and drug use; media and popular culture; moral panic; moral regulation; punishment and social control; risk; science and technology; social processes; social theory; sociology of the environment; sociology of health and illness; sociology of knowledge; sociology of medicine; sociology of science; consumption.