Robert Bartholomew, Ph.D., is an American born medical sociologist, writer, journalist, human rights advocate and certified high school social studies instructor currently teaching history at Botany Downs Secondary College in South Auckland, New Zealand. He is credited with coining the term 'exotic deviance' in the field of social psychiatry to describe the inappropriate placement medical labels by Eurocentric scientists, onto unfamiliar behaviors and conduct codes in Non-Western countries.
He holds a doctorate in sociology from James Cook University in Queensland Australia, a Masters in American sociology from the State University of New York at Albany, a Masters in Australian sociology from The Flinders University of South Australia, a BA degree in Communications from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and a Certificate in Radio Broadcasting from the State University of New York - Adirondack campus. He has written on an array of topics ranging from human social and cultural diversity, to mass psychogenic illness (aka “mass hysteria”), social delusions, moral panics, fads, collective behavior, the history of tabloid journalism, history of the paranormal, popular myths and folklore.
He has published over a dozen books and over sixty articles in peer-reviewed journals.