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Gregory Scott

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  • Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (Sociology)
  • ​​PhD
  • Sociology
  • Faculty
  • 773.325.4893
  • 990 West Fullerton Avenue, Room 1203

Professor Greg Scott is a visual sociologist, artist, and filmmaker. He is the founder and president of Sawbuck Productions, Inc., a non-profit organization that produces observational documentary films, experimental art films and other multimedia content. Greg is also the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Video Ethnography, the first-ever academic journal of peer-reviewed ethnographic films. His sociological work focuses on the socio-cultural dynamics of street level drug markets and drug using communities, while his artistic work revolves around the rituals, norms, customs, and folklore of small town life in the American Midwest. His documentary films have screened at festivals around the world and his work has appeared on radio and television, including the National Geographic Network, BET Network and MSNBC. In 2008 Greg received the Lisagor Award for Best Investigative/Public Service Reporting for his Chicago Public Radio series The Brickyard: Life on the Streets of Chicago. Greg’s experimental films appear in gallery and museum installation, and his public art exhibits have toured the United States. He has published books on research methods and video ethnography and academic journal articles on everything from heroin injection to performance art. At heart, Greg is an activist fighting against the failed War on Drugs in America. Greg received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1998.

Research Interests

  • Crime and delinquency
  • Illicit drug use
  • Drug overdose
  • Rural life
  • Video ethnography