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Jim Taylor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Ohio University - Zanesville

Department of Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences



Dr. Taylor is a sociology and criminology generalist. His published research and areas of expertise are quite varied, and range from understanding gun culture to popular topics in deviant behavior, contemporary social problems, and even masculine rodeo culture.

"The purpose of my research is to illuminate the frequently masked or misunderstood patterns and problem areas of everyday life," he said.

Much of Taylor's work is based on the social concepts of masculinity and the perceptions and stereotypes, which initially led him to delve into the culture of gun owners and their relationships with weapons, and, most recently, to the culture of rodeo cowboys and bull riders, even participating in a professional bull-riding school in California for field research.

Taylor has authored and co-authored a variety of academic books, peer reviewed journals and book chapters. A sample of these publications include:

Peer Reviewed Articles

Taylor, J. D., & Ibañez, L. M. (2016). Sociological Approaches to Self‐injury. Sociology Compass9(12), 1005-1014.

Gibbs, J. C., & Taylor, J. D. (2016). Comparing student self-assessment to individualized instructor feedback. Active Learning in Higher Education, 17(2), 111-123.

Anderson, L., & Taylor, J. D. (2010). Standing out while fitting in: Serious leisure identities and aligning actions among skydivers and gun collectors. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography39(1), 34-59.


Thio, A.D., Taylor, J.D., & and Schwartz, M.D. (2017). Deviant behavior (12th ed.). Pearson Higher Ed. Forthcoming.

Taylor, J.D. (2013). American Gun Culture: Collectors, Shows, and the Story of the Gun (2nd ed.) El Paso: LFB Scholarly.

Thio, A. D., Taylor, J. D., & Schwartz, M. D. (2012). Deviant behavior (11th ed.). Pearson Higher Ed.

Thio, A., & Taylor, J. D. (2011). Social Problems. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

Taylor, J. D. (2009). American Gun Culture: Collectors, Shows, and the Story of the Gun. LFB Scholarly Pub.

Book Chapters

Taylor, Jim. (2012). “Self-Mutilation and Body Modification.” Chapter in Thio, Alex , Thomas C. Calhoun and Addrain Conyers’. Deviance Today. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Taylor, Jim. (2011). “Cutting, Piercing and Self-Mutilation.” Chapter in Clifton Bryant’s Handbook of Deviant Behavior. London: Routledge

Taylor is also the co-founder and former board member of The Reynoldsburg Everest High School, a central Ohio-based charter school for high school dropouts, funded through the Ohio Department of Education.

Dr. Taylor participates in the Ohio University Collaborative on Aging, which brings together researchers, educators, service providers and students with aging-related interests. The University-wide interdisciplinary network focuses on improving the lives of older adults and optimizing quality of life across the lifespan, especially in underserved populations. 

Taylor's Expertise at a Glance:

  • Causes and effects of deviant behavior
  • Cutting, piercing and self-mutilation
  • Masculinity in gun and rodeo cultures
  • Racial, gender, economic and age inequality
  • Urbanization, population, war and terrorism

Taylor's Media Placements include:

  • USA Today
  • US News and World Report
  • Fox News
  • ABC News
  • Agence France-Presse
  • Yahoo News
  • The Boston Globe
  • The Huffington Post
  • Japan Today
  • The Korean Standard
  • The Rutland Herald
  • Inagist
  • WOUB radio
  • WERS radio
  • WCLT radio
  • Daily Jeffersonian
  • Zanesville Times-Recorder

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Justice, Criminology, Deviant Behavior, Gun Culture, Masculinity, Self-Injury, Social Problems, Sociology

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