October 23-24, 2015
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
“SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE 21ST CENTURY AS A CHALLENGE TO SOCIOLOGY”
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Darrell Steffensmeier
The keynote speaker for the 65the annual meeting at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania is Dr. Darrell Steffensmeier. For the last 40 years Dr. Steffensmeier has been one of the leading sociologists in Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1972 and was appointed professor at Penn State University in 1976.
Dr. Stefensmeier is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on crime and deviance and his areas of expertise include: criminal careers and life course criminality; demography of crime; white collar and corporate crime; organized and professional crime; communities/neighborhoods and crime; courts and sentencing; gender studies; social change; qualitative & quantitative methods; and crime organizations and networks. He has published in all the major sociology and criminology journals: American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Social Science Quarterly, and several others.
Dr. Steffensmeir has occupied a number of high profile professional positions such as Fellow of the American Society of Criminology (since 1996) and President of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (1992-94), and has received numerous prestigious awards and distinctions. Two of his books won major awards for outstanding scholarship: The Fence: In the Shadow of Two Worlds (from the Society for the Study of Social Problems); and Confessions of a Dying Thief: Understanding Criminal Careers and Illegal Enterprise (from the American Society of Criminology).
He recently received a major three-year grant from the National Institute of Justice to study the causes of serious forms of white-collar corporate financial crime. His latest book project – Are Women Changing the World of Crime – reflects his longstanding interest in trends and patterns of female criminal offending.