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Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5257 USA
Ph.D., Criminology, University of New York
B.A., Social Ecology, University of California
Criminal justice process, theoretical issues in criminology, environmental justice, human rights and civil liberties: studies in comparative sociology
During his extended studies at Albany, Dr. Howard was involved in evaluations of criminal justice interventions, crunched numbers for the Rochester Youth Development Study, worked as a consultant at the United Nations Office in Vienna with the Centre for International Crime Prevention, and cofounded and edited the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture. He also wrote a dissertation titled "The Social Career of Environmentalism" with which he earned a Ph.D.
Dr. Howard is exploring the capacity of evolutionary theory as a framework while also examining surveillance, civil liberties, and terrorism with a comparative perspective.
He chaired or served on a range of thesis and dissertation committees. At the doctoral level, he supervised an ethnographic account of interspecies encounters at a cat hospital and has contributed to an investigation of truth claims about online education as well as a study of the interplay between biography and history in Levittown, PA. With Master's students, he supervised projects concerned with environmental sociology, technology and time, the peddling of credit cards amongst college students, and the discourse of the Partnership for a Drug Free America. He has also been on committees providing guidance to studies of football robbery, the Nightmare on Elm Street film series, and the International Criminal Court. Dr. Howard chaired investigations by undergraduates interested in Buddhism and deviance, rehabilitation in the juvenile courts, and the prospect of a universal DNA database.