Ryan Schroeder, PhD

Professor and Department Chair



Dr. Schroeder is an associate professor of sociology, and his research interests include criminal offending throughout the life course, the relationship between drugs and crime, the impact of family structure and processes on adult offending, the processes by which religion and religiosity affect criminal desistance, and the effect of poor physical health on crime. Overall, the aim of Dr. Schroeder's research is to test and develop criminological theory, as well as to promote a better understanding of the ways in which social processes influence criminal offending.

Dr. Schroeder's recent publications have appeared in Criminology, American Journal of Sociology, Deviant Behavior, and American Journal of Public Health. One of his papers, "Emotions and Crime Over the Life Course: A Neo-Meadian Perspective on Criminal Continuity and Change," was awarded the 2009 James F. Short, Jr. Outstanding Article Award by the American Sociological Association section on Crime, Law, and Deviance. His current projects include a theoretical assessment of non-medical prescription drugs use, tracing the relationship between trajectories of childhood parental attachment and adult criminal offending, and an application of criminological theory to the development and termination of civil wars.

When not teaching classes or conducting research, Dr. Schroeder is an avid sports fan, poker enthusiast, and golfer, and enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

Research Areas

Life Course Criminology
Religion and Crime
Drug Use
Health and Crime
Parenting and Family Functioning
Non-medical Prescription Drug Use

Teaching Areas

SOC 334 Social Deviance
SOC 336 Criminology
SOC 480 Juvenile Delinquency