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Thomas Vander Ven

Thomas Vander Ven

Bentley Annex 147
(740) 593-1374

Thomas Vander Ven's research interests include crime and delinquency, criminological theory, the sociology of alcohol, and the sociology of social problems. He is the author of Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard (NYU Press), a sociological study of the social accomplishment of alcohol use on campus and the collective management of the effects of heavy drinking. He has authored and co-authored articles on the social construction of underage drinking, college drinking practices, criminological theory, and the relationship between maternal employment and delinquency. His work has been published in Criminology, Crime and Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and Social Problems. Dr. Vander Ven is the recipient of the Outstanding University College Advocate Award (Ohio University 2007), the Helen Coast Hayes Adventures in Learning Award (Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University, 2004) and the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award (Ohio University, 2003). He currently holds the Eric Wagner Professorship for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (2009-11).


  • Ph.D. at University of Cincinnati (1998)


  • Crime & Delinquency
  • Sociology of Alcohol
  • Work, Family, and Crime
  • Criminological Theory
  • Sociology of Social Problems


  • Eric Wagner Professorship for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, 2009-12
  • Outstanding University College Advocate, 2007
  • Helen Coast Hayes Adventures in Learning Award, Honors Tutorial College, 2004


  • Soc 201: Social Problems
  • Soc 362: Criminology
  • Soc 363: Juvenile Delinquency
  • Soc 406A: Sociology of Alcohol (Senior Capstone)
  • Soc 603: Seminar in Crime and Deviance



Vander Ven, Thomas. Getting Wasted: Why Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard. 2011. New York: New York University Press.

Vander Ven, Thomas. Working Mothers and Juvenile Delinquency. 2003. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC.

Articles & Chapters

Vander Ven, Thomas, and Jeffrey Beck. 2009. "Getting Drunk and Hooking Up: An Exploratory Study of the Relationship Between Alcohol Intoxication and Casual Coupling in a University Sample." Sociological Spectrum 29: 626-48.

Vander Ven, Thomas. 2005. "The Community Construction of the Underage Drinker." Deviant Behavior 26: 129-49.

Vander Ven, Thomas and Francis T. Cullen. 2004. "The Impact of Maternal Employment on Serious Youth Crime: Do Working Conditions Matter?" Crime and Delinquency 50: 272- 91.

Colvin, Mark, Cullen, Francis T., and Thomas Vander Ven. 2002. "Coercion, Social Support, and Crime: An Emerging Theoretical Consensus." Criminology 40:19-42.

Vander Ven, Thomas, Cullen, Francis T., Carrozza, Mark, and John Paul Wright. 2001. "Home Alone: The Impact of Maternal Employment on Delinquency." Social Problems 48: 236-57.

Applegate, B., F. Cullen, B. Fisher, and T. Vander Ven. 2000. "Forgiveness and Fundamentalism: Reconsidering the Relationship Between Correctional Attitudes and Religion." Criminology 38:719-54.

Fisher, B., C. Cobane, T. Vander Ven, and F. Cullen. 1999. "How Many Authors Does it Take to Publish an Article?: Trends in Political Science." PS: Politics and Political Science: 31: 847-56.

Fisher, B., T. Vander Ven, Craig T. Cobane, Francis T. Cullen, and Nicolas Williams. 1998. "Trends in Multiple-Authored Articles in Criminology and Criminal Justice: A Comparative Disciplinary Analysis." Journal of Criminal Justice Education.





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