Sociology and Criminology


Kenneth Mentor, J.D., Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer of Criminology
UNCW Online Criminology Program Coordinator

Phone: 910-859-3460

  • 1998 Ph.D. Social Science, Syracuse University
  • 1991 J.D. Syracuse University
  • 1988 M.A. Psychology, Central Michigan University
  • 1979 B.A. Psychology, Central Michigan University
In addition to teaching a variety of courses, I advise all students enrolled in the department's online criminology program. This program serves as a degree completion program for community college students, active military students and their dependents, and others who seek to complete their college degree. Prior to UNCW my teaching positions have been in criminal justice, sociology, and/or public administration departments. My professional presentations and publications have been diverse, including research related to law, public policy, organizational development, dispute resolution, psychology, criminology, and online learning. The latter has been a primary interest, having taught online for over 25 years, including extensive course development and review for a variety of publishers and universities.

Specialty Areas

  • Law and Society
  • Justice in the Media
  • Crime and Public Policy

Professional Associations

  • American Society of Criminology

Courses Taught

  • CRM/SOC 255 Criminology
  • CRM 310 White Collar Crime
  • CRM 360 Criminological Theory
  • CRM 375 Drugs and Crime
  • CRM 380 Criminal Law
  • CRM 381 Criminal Procedure
  • CRM 390 Media, Crime, and Criminal Justice
  • CRM 395 Reefer Madness
  • CRM 405 Criminal Justice Administration
  • CRM 420 Collective Violence
  • CRM 460 Crime and Public Policy
  • CRM 495 Senior Seminar: Constructing Crime
  • SOC 335 Sociology of Deviant Behavior
  • SOC 449 Law and Society


Current Research Interests

  • Criminalization of culture
  • The Sociology of Snow Skiing
  • Vegan Criminology