Recent Faculty Research


Peer Reviewed Publications

Barton, M.S., Weil, F.D., Valasik, M., Rackin, H., & Coto, L. (2020). What was Washed Away and What Remained: An Assessment of the Influence of Hurricane Katrina on Crime in New Orleans. Journal of Crime and Justice. doi: 10.1080/0735648X.2020.1749712

Cope, M.R., Parks, V., Jackson, J., & Slack, T. (2020). Community Sentiment following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster: A Test of Time, Systemic Community, and Corrosive Community Models. Journal of Rural Studies. 74: 124-132.

Drakeford, L., Parks, V., Slack, T., Ramchand, R., Finucane, M., & Lee, M.R., (2020). Oil Spill Disruption and Problem Drinking: Assessing the Impact of Religious Context among Gulf Coast Residents. Population Research and Policy Review, 39: 119-146.

Gibbons, J., Tse-Chuan, Y., Brault, E., & Barton, M.S. (2020). Evaluating Residential Segregation’s Relation to the Clustering of Poor Health across American Cities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17(11): 1-18.

Finucane, M., Blum, M., Ramchand, R., Parker, A., Nataraj, S., Clancy, N., Cecchine, G., Chandra, A., Slack, T., Hobor, G., Ferreira, R., Lesen, A., & Bond, C. (2020). Advancing Community Resilience and Practice: Moving from 'Me' to 'We' to '3D'. Journal of Risk Research. 23(1): 1-10.

Gray, B.M., Finley, S.C., and Martin, L.L. (2020). High-Tech Lynching: White Virtual Mobs and University Administrators as Policing Agents in Higher Education. Issues in Race and Society. 8:147-176.

Martin, L.L. (2020). Africana Demography: Lessons from Founders E. Franklin Frazier, W.E.B. Du Bois and the Atlanta School of Sociology. Issues in Race and Society. 8:5-28.

O'Connell, H.A. (2020). Monuments Outlive History: Confederate Monuments, the Legacy of Slavery, and Black-White Inequality. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 43(3): 460-478.

O'Connell, H.A., Curtis, K.J., & DeWaard. (2020). Population Change and the Legacy of Slavery. Social Science Reserach. 87(3): 1-18.

O'Connell, H.A., & Diaz, C. (2020) Hispanic Migration and Black-White Inequality: Changing Demographics, Changing Social Positions? Spatial Demography. 8(1): 33-61.

Tumin, D., & Kroeger, R.A. (2020). Private Insurance Coverage in Same-Sex Couples after Obergefell v. Hodges. LGBT Health.

Book Chapters

Valasik, M. & Reid, S.E. (2020). Distinguishing between aggression in groups and in gangs: Are gangs always violent? In J. L. Ireland (Ed.) The Routledge International Handbook on Collective Violence: Current Issues and Perspectives (pp. 273-290). New York, NY. Routledge.

Book Reviews

Valasik, M. (2020). The Three Pillars Of Radicalization: Needs, Narratives, And Networks by Arie Kruglanski, Jocelyn Bélanger & Rohan Gunaratna. Rutgers Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books.


Peer Reviewed Publications

Ashihara, K., Kim, H., Kamo, Y., & Sung, S.H. (2019). Do Management Level and Perceived Organizational Support of Maternity Affect Views on Gender Parity and Work Satisfaction? Journal of the Korean Operations Research and Management Science Society 44: 45-64.

Brantingham, P. J., Valasik, M., & Tita, G. E. (2019). “Competitive Dominance, Gang Size Diversity and the Directionality of Gang Violence.” Crime Science. 8(1): 1-20.

Barton, M.S., & Cohen, I.F.A. (2019) Does Gentrification Influence School Status? Social Science Research 80: 230-242

Barton, M.S., Valasik, M, Brault, E., & Tita, G.E. (2019). “Gentefication" in the Barrio: Examining the Relationship between Gentrification and Homicide in East Los Angeles. Crime & Delinquency. doi: 10.1177/0011128719860835

Douds, K., O'Connell, H.A., Bratter, J.L. (2019). The Racial Boundaries of Inequality: How Racial Hierarchies and Identity Shape Whites’ Explanations for Racial Inequality. Du Bois Review. 16(1): 83-106.

Forrest, D.L., Kroeger, R.A., & Stroope, S. (2019). Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms and Bullying Victimization Among Children with Autism in the United StatesJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-019-04282-9

Gibbons, J., Barton, M.S., & Reling, T. (2019) Do Gentrifying Neighborhoods Have Less Community? Evidence from Philadelphia. Urban Studies. doi: 0042098019829331

Jensen, L., Tickamyer, A.R.,  & Slack, T. (2019). Rural-Urban Variation in Informal Work Activities in the United States. Journal of Rural Studies 68: 276-284.

Kroeger, R.A., Umberson, D., Powers, D.A., & Forrest, D.L. (2019). The Effects of Family Transitions on Depressive Symptoms: Differences among Young Adults with and without Childhood Symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Society and Mental Health. doi: 10.1177/2156869319859402

Martin, L.L., Gray, B., and Finley, S.C. (2019). Endangered and Vulnerable: The Black Professoriate, Bullying, and the Limits of Academic Freedom. Journal of Academic Freedom. 10:1-21.

Martin, L.L. (2019). Double Fault: Serena Williams and Tennis at the Intersection of Race and Gender. Western Journal of Black Studies. 42 (3/4): 88-96.

O'Connell, H.A. (2019). Historical Shadows: The Link between Sundown Towns and Contemporary Racial Inequality. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. 5(3):311-325.

Reid, S.E., Tita, G.E. & Valasik, M. (2019) The Mapping and Spatial Analysis of Crime. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Criminology. Beth M. Huebner (Ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780195396607-0123

Valasik, M. & Reid, S.E. (2019). The Schrödinger’s Cat of Gang Groups: Can Street Gangs Inform our Comprehension of Skinheads and Alt-Right Groups? Deviant Behavior. 40(10): 1245-1259.

Weil, F.D., Barton, M.S., Rackin, H., Valasik, M., & Maddox, D. (2019). Collective Resources and Violent Crime Reconsidered: Violence in New Orleans Before and After Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260518822345

Yahirun, J. & Kroeger R.A. (2019). Parent-child Relationships and Interracial First Union Formation in the United States. Advances in Life Course Research. doi: 10.1016/j.alcr.2019.100307

Yuksek, D. A., Dumais, S. A., Kamo, Y. (2019). Trends in the Relative Influence of Education and Income on Highbrow Taste, 1982-2012 Sociological Inquiry 89: 508-531

 Book Chapters

 Kroeger R.A. & Powers D.A. (2019) Examining Same-Sex Couples Using Dyadic Data Methods. In: Schoen R. (eds) Analytical Family Demography. The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis, vol 47. Springer, Cham

Martin, L.L. (2019). Race, Wealth, and Homesteading Revisited: How Public Policies Destroy(ed) Black Wealth. In Grimm, J. & Loke, J. (Eds.). How Public Policy Impacts Racial Inequality. (140-165). Baton Rouge: LSU Press.

Valasik, M. & Reid, S. E. (2019). “Taking Stock of Gang Violence: An Overview of the Literature” in M B. Greene, B. Johnson, & L. Degutis (Eds.) Handbook of Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan: Springer Science/Nature. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-62122-7_105-1


Peer Reviewed Publications

Baker, J.O., Stroope, S., & Walker, M.H. (2018). Secularity, religiosity, and health: Physical and mental health differences between atheists, agnostics, and nonaffiliated theists compared to religiously affiliated individuals. Social Science Research. doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2018.07.003

Brantingham, P.J., Valasik, M., & Mohler, G.O. (2018) Does Predictive Policing Lead to Biased Arrests? A Randomized Controlled Trial. Statistics and Public Policy. 5(1): 11-17.

Clark, J., & Stroope, S. (2018). Intergenerational social mobility and religious ecology: Disaggregating the conservative Protestant bloc. Social Science Research. 70: 242–253.

Clifton, S., Torres, J. & Hawdon, J. (2018). Whatever Gets You Through the Night: Officer Coping Strategies After the High-Profile Line of Duty Deaths in Dallas and Baton Rouge. American Journal of Criminal Justice. 43(4): 871-885.

Cope, M. R., Lee, M.R., Slack, T., Blanchard, T.C., Carney, J., Lipschitz, F., & Gikas, L. (2018). Geographically distant social networks elevate preparedness for coastal environmental threats. Population and Environment. 39: 277-296

Curtis, K.J., Lee, J., O’Connell, H.A., & Zhu, J. (2018). The Spatial Distribution of Poverty and the Long Reach of the Industrial Makeup of Places: New Evidence on Spatial Temporal Regimes. Rural Sociology. doi: 10.1111/ruso.12216

Donnelly, R., Umberson, D.J., & Kroeger, R.A. (2018). Childhood Adversity, Daily Stress, and Marital Strain in Same-Sex and Different-Sex Marriages. Journal of Family Issues. 39 (7): 2085-2106.

Finley, S.C., Gray, B., & Martin, L.L. (2018). Affirming Our Values: African American Scholars, White Virtual Mobs, and the Complicity of White University Administrators. Journal of Academic Freedom. 9:1-20.

Gibbons, J., Barton, M.S. & Brault, E.E. (2018). Evaluating Gentrification's Effects on Neighborhood and City Health. PLOS ONE. 13(11): e0207432.

Hori, M & Kamo, Y. (2018). Do Gender Differences Still Exist? The Effects of Gender Equality and Social Statuses on Happiness in a Cross-National Perspective. International Journal of Contemporary Sociology. 55: 7-32.

Hori, M & Kamo, Y. (2018). Gender Differences in Happiness: The Effects of Marriage, Social Roles, and Social Support in East Asia. Applied Research in Quality of Life 13(4): 839-857.

Kim, H. & Kamo, Y. (2018). Women’s Socioeconomic Characteristics and Marriage Intention in Korea. International Journal of Contemporary Sociology. 55: 33-56.

Kroeger, R.A. (2018). Parental Happiness and Strain among Young Adult Parents Diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Chronic Illness. 14 (1): 69–75.

Kroeger, R.A., & Frank, R. (2018). Race-Ethnicity, Union Status, and Change in Body Mass Index among Young Adults. Journal of Marriage and Family. 80 (2): 444-462.

Lin, Y, Kamo, Y. & Slack, T. (2018). Is It the Government’s Responsibility to Reduce Income Inequality? An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis of Public Opinion Toward Redistributive Policy in the United States, 1978 to 2016. Sociological Spectrum.

Martin, L.L. (2018). The Politics of Sports and Protest: Colin Kaepernick and the Practice of Leadership. American Studies Journal. 64(2018).DOI 10.18422/64-06.

Martinez, B.C., Tom, J.C., Ferguson, T.W., Andercheck, B., & Stroope, S. (2018). Parenting Practices and Attitudes and the Role of Belief in Supernatural Evil: Results From a National US Survey. Journal of Family Issues. 39(6): 1616–1638.

Onda, M. & Kamo, Y. (2018). Labor Market in the United States. Japanese Journal of Labor Research 693: 11-19

O'Connell, H.A. (2018). Linking Racial Composition, Black-White Inequality, and Regional Difference: The Role of Migration. The Sociological Quarterly. 59(1): 128-144

O'Connell, H.A. & Raker, E.J. (2018). Converging or Diverging? How Shifting Ethnoracial Composition Shapes the Urban-Suburban Distinction in Attitudes towards Immigrants in Houston, 1994-2016. Sociological Perspectives. 61(4): 573-591

Parks, V., Drakeford, L., Cope, M.R., & Slack, T. (2018). Disruption of routine behaviors following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Society and Natural Resources. 3: 277-290.

Reid, S.E. & Valasik, M. (2018). CTRL+ALT-RIGHT: Reinterpreting our Knowledge of White Supremacy Groups through the Lens of Street Gangs. Journal of Youth Studies. 21(10): 1305-1325.

Reling, T.T., Barton, M.S., Becker, S., & Valasik, M. (2018). Rape Myths and Hookup Culture: An Examination of Collegiate Perceptions. Sex Roles. 78(7): 501-514.

Reling, T. T., Becker, S., Drakeford, L. & Valasik, M. (2018). Exploring the Influence of Hookup Culture on Female and Male Rape Myths. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260518801021

Stroope, S., & Baker, J.O. (2018). Whose Moral Community? Religiosity, Secularity, and Self-rated Health across Communal Religious Contexts. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 59(2): 185–199.

Stroope, S., Rackin, H.M., Stroope, J.L., & Uecker, J.E. (2018). Breastfeeding and the Role of Maternal Religion: Results from a National Prospective Cohort Study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 52(4): 319–330.

Thiede, B.C., Kim, H., & Valasik, M. (2018). The Spatial Concentration of America’s Rural Poor Population: A Post-Recession Update. Rural Sociology. 83(1): 109-144

Thiede, B.C., Lichter, D. T., & Slack, T. (2018.) Working, but Poor: The good life in rural America? Journal of Rural Studies. 59: 183-193

Tinkler, J., Becker, S., & Clayton, K. (2018). Kind of Natural, Kind of Wrong”: Young People’s Accounts of the Morality, Legality, and Normalcy of Sexual Aggression in Public Drinking Spaces. Law and Social Inquiry. 43(1): 28-57

Torres, J. & Apkarian, J. (2018). Banishment: A Test of Specific Deterrence in Public Housing. Criminology and Public Policy. 17(4): 911-937.

Torres, J. (2018). Predicting Law Enforcement Confidence in Going “Hands-On”: The Impact of Martial Arts Training, Use-of-Force Self-Efficacy, Motivation, and Apprehensiveness. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. doi:10.1080/15614263.2018.1500285

Torres, J., Relling, T. & Hawdon, J. (2018). Role-Conflict and the Psychological Impacts of the post-Ferguson period on Law Enforcement Motivation, Cynicism, And Apprehensiveness. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. 33(4): 358-374.

Valasik, M. (2018). Gang Violence Predictability: Using Risk Terrain Modeling to study Gang Homicides and Gang Assaults in East Los Angeles. Journal of Criminal Justice. 58: 10-21.

Valasik, M., & Barton, M.S. (2018). The George Wilson Effect: Does Intergenerational Closure and Collective Efficacy Reduce Juvenile Delinquency in a Neighborhood? Deviant Behavior. 39(12): 1658–1671.

Valasik, M., Brault, E.E., & Martinez, S.M. (2018) Forecasting Homicide in the Red Stick: Risk Terrain Modeling and the Spatial Influence of Urban Blight on Lethal Violence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Social Science Research. doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2018.12.023

Valasik, M. & Reid, S.E. (2018) Alt-Right Gangs and White Power Youth Groups. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Criminology. Beth M. Huebner (Ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Weil, F.D., Rackin, H.M., & Maddox, D. (2018) Collective resources in the repopulation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Natural Hazards. doi: 10.1007/s11069-018-3432-7

Book Chapters

Valasik, M. & Tita. G.E. (2018) Gangs and Space. In S. D. Johnson & G. Bruinsma (Eds.). Chapter 36. The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Criminology (pp. 843-871). Oxford, UK. Oxford University Press.

Valasik, M., & Phillips, M.D. (2018). Drive-bys in Chiraq or ethnic genocide in Iraq: Can violent street gangs inform our comprehension of the Islamic State?. In J. L. Ireland, C. A. Ireland & P. Birch (Eds.) Chapter 32. The Routledge International Handbook of Human Aggression: Current Issues and Perspectives (pp. 388-399). New York, NY. Routledge.

Valasik, M., Reid, S.E., West-Fagan, J. & Gravel, J. (2018). Group Processes, Gang Policy, and Gang Delinquency. In J. L. Ireland, C. A. Ireland & P. Birch (Eds.) Chapter 34. The Routledge International Handbook of Human Aggression: Current Issues and Perspectives (pp. 411-423). New York, NY. Routledge.

Book Reviews

Lee, M.R. (2018). Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation by John M. Eason. American Journal of Sociology. 124(1): 227-229.