Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology
- PhD in Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980
- MA in Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1978
- BA in Sociology, Rutgers College, 1975
My research focuses on the causes of crime and delinquency, particularly my general strain theory of crime and delinquency. I also examine other causes of crime and have done work on the underlying assumptions of crime theories (e.g., the nature of human nature, free-will versus determinism). A recent interest involves the social consequences of climate change, including the possible effects of climate change on crime.