Research

The department of Sociology & Criminal Justice defines scholarship broadly to include discovery, artistic activity, integration, and pedagogy.  The faculty model life-long learning through continual engagement with disciplinary and interdisciplinary interests, and expose students to their scholarship by integrating it into their teaching.  We strongly support student-faculty collaborative scholarship and the launching of new scholars through the promotion of student presentation at professional meetings and in other venues.

Our fulltime faculty are active researchers that have published numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles in a variety of areas. Below is a brief summary of current faculty research interests. 

Dr. Tanya Gladney

Professor Gladney is interested in urban neighborhoods and crime variation, race and ethnicity, and historical and contemporary inequality.

Dr. Jessica Hodge

Dr. Hodge's research interests include hate crimes, juvenile justice, and gender and queer issues in crime and criminal justice. She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Feminist Criminology, Women & Criminal Justice, The Prison Journal, and the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. Her book Gendered Hate: Exploring Gender in Hate Crime Law was published with Northeastern University Press in 2011.

Dr. William Kinney

Professor Kinney does research on popular culture and technology use of Generation Y.

Dr. Buffy Smith

Dr. Smith’s primary research interests include examining racial and class disparities within the higher education system. She also writes on policy issues dealing with mentoring, access, retention, equity, and diversity in higher education. She is the author of the book, Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Higher Education (Lexington Books, 2013). 

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/08/04/book-argues-mentoring-programs-should-try-unveil-colleges-hidden-curriculum

Dr. Lisa Waldner

Professor Waldner’s most recent research is on the use of graffiti as a form of political protest, political and social beliefs of white supremacists, and sexual coercion in intimate relationships.