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About Me

SOCIOLOGIST. AUTHOR. PROFESSOR…

SOCIOLOGIST. I earned my doctorate in Sociology from Harvard University. An ethnographer and a data scientist, I specialize in research on organizations, work and occupations, gender discrimination, and industry disruption. My work has focused hospitals, nursing homes, the publishing industry, the KGB, and the Russian mafia.

PROFESSOR. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods, professional writing and communication, social media, and healthcare policy. I’m tough on my students, but since I’m also a registered yoga instructor, I teach them to meet my high standards with mindfulness and big, deep breaths.

THRILLER WRITER. Writing as D. B. Shuster, I write dark, twisted, and hopeful serial thrillers. I’m the author of the Russian mafia crime thriller Kings of Brighton Beach and the historical Cold War family saga and thriller series Sins of a Spy.

LEADER IN HIGHER EDUCATION. At Queens College, I’ve served as the Acting Dean of Social Sciences and as the program Director of the MA in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research, distinguished for its preparation for students from underrepresented groups for successful careers in STEM. I’m currently the Chair of the Sociology Department, which is also home of program in Data Analytics and in Business and Liberal Arts, and I serve as the elected co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Personnel and Budget Committee, one of the college’s two faculty governance bodies.

Why D.B. SHUSTER

ABOUT MY FICTION-WRITING PEN NAME

I was advised to use a pen name to distinguish my fiction career from my academic one. It would be romantic to say that I chose Shuster because of Joe Shuster, the creator of Superman, but the truth is the only connection between us is that we both hail from Cleveland, Ohio. In reality, Shuster is a family name, but not my legal one. The initials, D. B., are mine (Dana Beth), and I chose an androgynous name for fiction based on my research about gender discrimination in the publishing industry. The pseudonym isn’t a secret identity—despite my obsession with such things in my fiction.

Selected Works

FICTION AND NON-FICTION.
“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.”
STEVE JOBS - APPLE
“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”
STEVE JOBS - APPLE
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About My Work

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