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Scott Desmond, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Coordinator, Criminal Justice Program
Division of Liberal Arts
RC Room 104B

PHONE: 812.348.7263
FAX: 812.348.7370


  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 2004
  • M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1996
  • B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1993

Professional Activities

  • Manuscript Reviewer: 
    • Crime and Delinquency
    • Criminal Justice Review
    • Criminology
    • Deviant Behavior
    • Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion
    • Journal for the Scientific
    • Study of Religion
    • Journal of Adolescence
    • Journal of Happiness Studies
    • Review of Religious Research
    • Social Problems
    • Social Science Quarterly
    • Sociological Focus
    • Sociological Forum
    • Sociological Inquiry
    • Sociological Perspectives
    • Sociological Spectrum
    • Sociological Quarterly
    • Sociology of Religion
    • Teaching Sociology
    • Youth and Society 
  • Member of the American Society of Criminology
  • Member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • Member of the North Central Sociological Association
  • Member of the Association for the Sociology of Religion

Courses Taught

  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Policing
  • Social Problems
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociological Research Methods
  • Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice Policies
  • White Collar Crime


  • Kubrin, Charis E. and Scott. A. Desmond. Forthcoming. “The Power of Place Revisited: Why Immigrant Communities Have Lower Levels of Adolescent Violence.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice
  • Kraus, Rachel, Scott A. Desmond, and Zachary Palmer. 2015. “Being Thankful: Examining the Relationship between Young Adult Religiosity and Gratitude.” Journal of Religion and Health, 54(4), 1331-1344.
  • Budd, Kristen and Scott A. Desmond. 2014. “Sex Offenders and Sex Crime Recidivism: Investigating the Role of Sentence Length and Time Served.” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 58(12):1481-1499.
  • Desmond, Scott A. and Rachel Kraus. 2014. “The Effects of Importance of Religion and Church Attendance on Moral Beliefs.” Sociological Focus 47(1):11-31.
  • Desmond, Scott A., Jeffery T. Ulmer, and Christopher D. Bader. 2013. “Religion, Self-control, and Substance Use.” Deviant Behavior 34(5):384-406.
  • Desmond, Scott A. and Rachel Kraus. 2012. “Liar, Liar: Adolescent Religiosity and Lying to Parents.” Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion 8:1-26.
  • Desmond, Scott A., Alan S. Bruce, and Melissa J. Stacer. 2012. “Self-Control, Opportunity, and Substance Use.” Deviant Behavior 33(6):425-447.
  • Ulmer, Jeffery T., Scott A. Desmond, Sung Joon Jang, and Byron R. Johnson. 2012. “Religious Involvement and Dynamics of Marijuana Use: Initiation, Persistence, and Desistence.” Deviant Behavior 33(6):448-468.
  • Desmond, Scott A., Sarah E. Soper, and Rachel Kraus. 2011. “Religiosity, Peers, and Delinquency: Does Personal Religiosity Reduce the Effect of Peer Influences on Delinquency?” Sociological Spectrum 31(6):665-694.
  • Desmond, Scott A., George Kikuchi, and Kristen Budd. 2010. “Does Change in Teenage Religiosity Predict Change in Marijuana Use Over Time?” Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion 6:1-30.
  • Desmond, Scott A., Kristopher H. Morgan, and George Kikuchi. 2010. “Religious Development: How (and Why) Does Religiosity Change from Adolescence to Young Adulthood?” Sociological Perspectives 53(2):247-270.
  • Desmond, Scott A., George Kikuchi, and Kristopher H. Morgan. 2010. “Congregations and Crime: Is the Spatial Distribution of Congregations Associated With Neighborhood Crime Rates?” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49(1):37-55.
  • Kikuchi, George and Scott A. Desmond. 2010. “A Longitudinal Analysis of Neighborhood Crime Rates using Latent Growth Curve Modeling.” Sociological Perspectives 53(1):127-149.
  • Bader, Christopher D., Scott A. Desmond, F. Carson Mencken, and Byron R. Johnson. 2010. “Divine Justice: The Relationship between Images of God and Attitudes Toward Criminal Punishment.” Criminal Justice Review 35(1):90-106.
  • Ulmer, Jeffery T., Scott A. Desmond, Sung Joon Jang, and Byron R. Johnson. 2010. “Teenage Religiosity and Changes in Marijuana Use during the Transition to Adulthood.” Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion 6:1-19.

Contact, Address and Additional Links


4601 Central Avenue
Columbus, IN 47203

Phone: 812.348.7311

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