Thomas Crosbie is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Research on Military Organization in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Yale University (2014). His teaching has included courses on crime and deviance, the history of Islamic politics, and the historical development of insurgent practices in the Middle East. His research focuses broadly on the ways in which militaries and other state agencies shape and are shaped by their political environments. His previous research, funded in part by the Smith Richardson Foundation, challenged the standard theory of civil-military relations by arguing for the increasing agency of armed services in shaping public debate. He also maintains a secondary field of research activity through his work on the interface of media and politics, with a long-standing interest in scandal as a special category of political activity. His work in the fields of sociology and military history has previously been published in Media, War and Conflict, Comparative Sociology and Parameters.