Sociology and Criminology

Sociology & Criminology Graduate Faculty Profiles

Faculty Member

Research Areas

Methodological Specialization

Sociology/ Criminology

Shawn Bingham

  • Culture
  • Consumer Culture
  • Humor
  • Disability
  • In-depth Interview
  • Content Analysis
  • Sociology 
  • Shawn Bingham Summary

    Dr. Bingham completed undergraduate studies at Flagler College and then graduate programs at the University of Maryland and American University in Washington, D.C. While living in the D.C. area he served as a Research Fellow at the Center for Health and Disability Research. He has published books on Henry David Thoreau (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008) political art (Lexington, 2012), disability and humor (Lynn Rienner Press, 2016) and the bohemian South (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). His work has also appeared in the journals Disability and Rehabilitation, Managed Care Quarterly, Humanity and Society and Teaching Sociology. Dr. Bingham’s research area and teaching interests overlap through the concept of culture: he has completed a book on the humor as a form of social action, and likewise teaches a course on the social functions of humor in everyday life, which includes such settings as medicine, education, workplaces and even advertising. He is particularly interested in the ways in which humor can illuminate incongruities in everyday life, especially through irony and satire. He is currently researching the tiny house movement.

Daniel Buffington

  • Race, Ethnicity, & Migration
  • Inequality & Stratification
  • Sport & Leisure
  • Sociology of Culture (Media Consumption)
  • In-depth Interviews
  • Analysis of Archival Data
  • Sociology
  • Daniel Buffington's Research

    Daniel Buffington Dr. Daniel Buffington - I am currently working on three research projects. The first examines the content of texts produced by mass media in regards to sport, documenting the patterned ways in which sport media defines reality for its audiences by framing the racial, ethnic, national, and gender identity of participating athletes. The second explores the effects of this content by researching how audiences use information learned from media to understand their everyday social world.

    In addition, I am currently in the process of designing my next major research project, which will center on the global migration of elite soccer players. Sport, much like society, is currently going through a phase of intensified global mobility so that most sport leagues around the world contain unprecedented numbers of foreign athletes. My project aims to understand the:

    • structural factors that influence soccer migration at the elite levels through quantitative analysis of recent migrants
    • micro-level decision making process of individual athletes through interviews with recent migrants
    • process of adjustment that global soccer migrants go through upon entering a new country through interviews with recent migrants
    • process through which elite soccer players that have multiple national affiliations make decisions regarding which national team to represent in international competitions through interviews with recent migrants

    In addition, to describing the global migration of elite soccer players, I also aim to compare the mobility of athletes to the mobility of non-athletes in order to understand both what is unique and common about migrations by athletes.

Susan Bullers

  • Social Psychology
  • Gender
  • Medical Sociology
  • Alcohol Epidemiology
  • Online Survey Administration
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Sociology
  • Susan Bullers' Research

    Susan Bullers

    Dr. Susan Bullers - is currently developing and testing a new data collection method for social, environmental and behavioral determinants of breast cancer. This project is supported by a 2014 UNCW Faculty Research Reassignment Award and a 2014 UNCW Summer Research Initiative Award.

Kim Cook

  • Restorative Justice
  • Wrongful Convictions
  • Sociology of Punishment
  • Feminist Criminology
  • Qualitative Methodology
  • In-depth Interviews
  • Sociology & Criminology

Jake Day

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Inequality & Social Stratification
  • Gender & Crime
  • Work & Labor Markets
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Archival Data Analysis
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Criminology

Kristen DeVall

  • Grant-Writing
  • Specialty Courts
  • Offender Re-entry
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Sociology

Shane Elliott

  • Work, Organizations
  • Identity
  • Consumer Culture
  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • Sociology 
  • Shane Elliot

    My research largely focuses on how workers make their jobs meaningful, or find positive ways to identify with them.  Most recently, I have focused on consumer cultures as possible contexts for making work meaningful.  My dissertation asked: Can consumer culture affect workplace identity?  I found that the passion of craft beer enthusiasts (consumers) energizes the work of brewers, servers and even sales staff.  I am currently writing 2 papers from this work, one articulating a theoretical perspective for analyzing work using the discourses of consumption, and a second that documents the discourse of the craft beer consumption observed.  A third paper summarizes the findings of the project overall, contributing to the sociology of work by demonstrating how a specific market discourse shapes workers’ identification with their work.  Much of this literature has argued the consumer discourse represents a new form of control in the workplace, further oppressing the worker.  The craft beer consumer discourse, however, is motivated by a passion for learning, sharing, and teaching beer—which seems to positively affect the workers.  .

    My dissertation has given me the opportunity to develop hypotheses related to the distribution of power, jobs, organizational forms, and worker engagement in craft beer markets.  I plan to develop a survey of craft beer workplaces based on these findings.  Following this project, I will be able to characterize the craft beer market structure—especially by distribution of organizational form—as it relates to the experience of work within that structure.  I will then be able to replicate this process through investigations of other markets as organized by consumption, or other types of contexts where workers seek to make their tasks meaningful.

Timothy Gill

  • Political Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
  • Latin America
  • Globalization 
  • Research Methods
  • Sociology

Ethan Higgins

  • Theoretical criminology
  • School resource officers and school climate
  • Correctional staff and trauma 
  • Police and identity
  • Qualitative methods
  • Interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Criminology 

Donna King

  • Popular Culture
  • Letting Go & the Evolving Self
  • Media & Society
  • Feminist Methodology
  • Sociology

Randy LaGrange

  • Policing
  • Fear of Crime
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Criminology
  • Randy LaGrange's Research

    Randy LaGrange

    Dr. Randy LaGrange - I am writing a textbook titled "Police in Society." This book is intended primarily for online students in the CRM 307 Police in Society class taught each semester at UNCW. The book borrows selectively from a textbook I wrote years ago with Nelson Hall publishers with updated materials and contemporary policy debates going on in the field today. Another current project focuses on racial disparities in interracial crime. This coauthored project is an extension of previous work on the sociology of place. I am also working in the general area of environmental criminology, better known as Crime Prevention through Environmental Design or CPTED.

Christina Lanier

  • Grant-Writing
  • Specialty Courts
  • Offender Re-entry
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Program Evaluation
  • Criminology

Mike Maume

  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • White Collar Crime
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Spatial Analysis (GIS)
  • Criminology

Erin Michaels

  • Research Areas
  • Education
  • Immigration
  • Race, Class & Gender
  • Labor & Labor Movements
  • Ethnography
  • In-depth interviews
  • Content Analysis
  • Focus Groups
  • Sociology

John Rice

  • Inequality
  • Education
  • Professional Socialization
  • Crime & Deviance
  • Experimental
  • Focus Groups
  • Historical-Comparative
  • Sociology

Meghan Rogers

  • Cross-National Research
  • Statistics
  • Criminological Theory
  • Social Structures and Crime
  • Measurement of Crime, Correlation and Victimization
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Criminology

Shannon Santana

  • Sexual Victimization
  • Criminology

Justin Smith

  • Prisons & Sentencing
  • Race & Justice
  • Social Control of Drugs
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • In-depth Interviews
  • Criminology

Jean-Anne Sutherland

  • Gender
  • Sociology of Film
  • Mothering
  • In-depth Interviews
  • Focus Groups
  • Sociology

Jennifer Vanderminden

  • Violence & Victimization in Childhood
  • Family
  • Disability
  • Data Analysis
  • Multi-Level Modeling
  • Sociology

Angela Wadsworth

  • Death & Dying
  • Medical Sociology
  • Health Care Inequalities
  • Aging
  • In-Depth Interviews
  • Content Analysis of Archival Data
  • Sociology

Jill Waity

  • Poverty
  • Community
  • Food Insecurities
  • Spatial Analysis (GIS)
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • In-depth Interviews
  • Community-Based Research
  • Sociology