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Criminology and Deviance

The graduate program in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University offers a specialization in Criminology & Deviance. Faculty interests within these fields include minorities in crime and justice and women in crime and justice; theories of crime and deviance; police administration and police community relations; violence and criminality, including in family contexts; correctional institutions; intellectual property crimes; and substance abuse and illegal drug sales, among others. Faculty with research interests in these areas include Richard Adams, Tim Berard, Mark Colvin, Julie Globokar, David Kessler, Will Kalkhoff, Susan Kunkle, Molly Merryman, Hedi Nasheri, Lauren Porter, Pamela Tontodonato, Anthony Vander Horst, and Stephen Webster. Through our joint Ph.D. program with University of Akron, graduate students can also work with Emily Asencio, Valerie Callanan, Matthew Lee, Stacy Nofziger, and Robert Peralta. The department offers numerous courses in criminology and deviance, including: Crime and Inequality; Deviant Behavior; Family Violence; Women and Crime; and Violence and Victims.