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Social Control

Focusing on a broad array of topics, we examine the origins, characteristics, and consequences of social control.

Our current research includes the origins of inter-personal, collective, and social violence; the consequences of incarceration; sex work and stigma; and discrimination and violence. Some of our current research asks: • How do social control institutions contribute to the very problems they seek to manage? • How does stigma influence drug use and other outcomes among people who work in the sex and other service industries? • Why are the kids at the bottom and the top of a school social hierarchy the least likely to bully their peers?

Cluster-Related Graduate Courses


220. Deviance, Law, and Social Control (4)

Seminar—3 hours; projects.

Report and discussions of literature on selected forms of deviance in relation to law and formal social control. Agency contacts and exploratory research projects.

255. Sociology of Law (4)

Analysis of the nature of the legal process and its impact on social behavior. Will consider (1) nature and functions of law, (2) the organization and administration of law, and (3) the capacity of law to affect social behavior.

290. Special Topics  (4)

Recent topics include Contemporary Criminology: Theory and Research; Sociology of Violence

People specializing in this area

Faris, Robert
  • Associate Professor
  • Chancellor's Fellow
rwfaris [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
2247 SS&H
Spring 2017: Mondays 3:30 - 5:30
Grattet, Ryken
  • Professor
rtgrattet [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
2268 SS&H
Spring: Tuesdays 11am & by appointment
McCarthy, Bill
  • Professor
bdmccarthy [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
2238 SS&H
Spring 2017: Tuesday 12:30-1:30; Thursday 3:00-3:30; Friday by appointment
Patler, Caitlin
  • Assistant Professor
patler [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
2246 SS&H
Spring 2017: Monday and Wednesday 3:50-4:50 p.m.
  • Smith, Chris
    • Assistant Professor
    chmsmith [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
    2245 SS&H
    Spring 2017: Thursdays 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Graduate Students
    Carter, Angela
    • PhD Candidate
    ancarter [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
    278 SS&H
    Wednesday 4-5 Thursday 1-2
    Fortes, Carmen
    • PhD Candidate
    cefortes [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
    254 SS&H
    By appointment only
    Gold, Jessica
    • Graduate Student
    jrgold [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
    292 SS&H
    By appointment
    Hunter, Savannah
    • Graduate Student
    shunter [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
    261 SS&H
    By appointment
    Jordan, Jonathan jwjordan [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
    Joseph, Jared
    • Graduate Student
    • Data Science Initiative Affiliate
    jnjoseph [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
    SS&H 258
    Spring 2017: By appointment
    Lawrence, Christopher
    • Graduate Student
    cjlaw [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
    263 SS&H
    Tuesday 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    McCarty, Kristin
    • Graduate Student
    kmccarty [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
    286 SS&H
    Monday: 12:00PM-2:00PM
  • Psick, Zachary
    • Graduate Student
    zepsick [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
    Soc 292
    Tuesday 4:15 to 5:15 Thursday 12:30 to 1:30
    Ryan, Krysti
    • Graduate Student
    knhilton [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
    278 SS&H
    by apt.
    Thompson, Matthew
    • Graduate Student
    mthomp [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
    SS&H 292
    SOC 150 Criminology: Tuesdays 9-11am and by Appointment
    Ye, Yiwan 叶益万
    • Graduate Student
    ywye [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
    286 SS&H
    Tuesday 12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Emeriti
    Cohen, Larry
    • Professor Emeritus
    lecohen [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
    Research Professors
    Jackman, Mary
    • Research Professor
    mrjackman [ AT ] ucdavis [ DOT ] edu
    2245 SS&H
    Winter 2013: T 3:00-5:00

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    Students who have graduated from our program with an interest in crime, law, deviance, or social control include

    Monica Williams, Ph.D. 2013. Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice Department, Weber State. “Assessing Stereotypes of Adolescent Rape.” Journal of Criminal Justice 2015.

    Teresa Casey, Ph.D. 2011 Teresa Casey, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice, Idaho State University. Recipient American Society of Criminology Outstanding Paper Award for “Love, Sex and Crime:  Adolescent Romantic Relationships and Offending.” American Sociological Review 2008.

    Ursula Castellano, Ph.D.  2005, Assistant Professor, Ohio University, AthensOutsourcing Justice: The Role of Nonprofits in Pretrial Release Programs. First Forum Press, 2010.

    Monica Martin Ph. D. 2005. Researcher, Human and Community Development, University of California, Davis. “The Enduring Significance of Racism: Discrimination and Delinquency Among Black American Youth” Journal of Adolescent Research 2011.

    Jennifer Reich Ph.D. 2003. Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Denver. Recipient, Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award, American Sociological Association, Race, Gender, and Class Section, 2007 for Fixing Families: Parents, Power, and the Child Welfare System. Routledge.

    Jennifer Dunn, Ph.D. 1999, Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Recipient, Charles Horton Cooley Book Award, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, 2005 for Courting Disaster: Intimate Stalking, Culture, and Criminal Justice. Aldine de Gruyter.

    Ann Nurse. Ph. D. 1999.  Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Wooster. Fatherhood Arrested: Parenting from Within the Juvenile Justice System. Vanderbilt University Press, 2002.