Sociology and Criminology

The Department of Sociology and Criminology is pleased to welcome new faculty. They will begin their new positions in the fall of 2018.

Dr. Christopher Shane Elliott, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office: Bear Hall 121
Phone: 910-202-6824 (skype)
elliottc@uncw.edu
Research Interest: Economic Sociology,Work, Information Technology, Consumer Culture, Organizations, Mixed Methods
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Dr. Erin Michaels, Assistant Professor of Sociology 
Office: Bear Hall 221
Phone: 910-962-0531
michaelse@uncw.edu
Research Interest: Education, Race, Class & Gender, Immigration, Latinx Sociology, Labor & Labor Movements
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Dr. Ethan Higgins, Assistant Professor of Criminology
Office: Bear Hall 225
Phone: 910-962-0532
higginse@uncw.edu
Research Interest: School Climate, Student Discipline, and the Implementation of School Resource Officers 
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Dr. Justin Smith, Assistant Professor of Criminology
Office: Bear Hall 125
Phone: 962-0533
smithjm@uncw.edu
My work pivots around justice.  Research projects include studying racial inequality, particularly as it relates to prisons and courts, the war on drugs, and social control.  I try to connect this to local communities and work toward change.  The prison reform movement is also something I've been involved with - and I continue to work with formerly incarcerated people on prison reentry and reform issues.  Over the last few years, I've been able to develop the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program which involves university students and incarcerated men taking a sociology class together in a state prison.
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