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Jim Taylor, Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise:
Criminal Justice, Criminology, Deviant Behavior, General Deviance and Crime, Gun Control, Gun Culture, Gun Violence, Inequality, Masculinity, Mass Public Shootings, Self-Harm, Self-Injury, Social Problems, Sociology

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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 social perceptions of masculinity, which initially led him to delve into gun culture and its impact on specific uses of firearms. This research segued into a 10-year study of rodeo and bull riding culture, and Dr. Taylor's participation in a professional bull-riding school in California. In addition to riding bulls for the project, Dr. Taylor has interviewed a variety of world-champion athletes and country music celebrities in order to gain valuable insights into the exciting world of rodeo culture.

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 Education17 (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  (12 th  ed.). Pearson Higher Ed.

Taylor, J.D. (2013).  American Gun Culture: Collectors, Shows, and the Story of the Gun  (2 nd  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
  • Chinadaily.com
  • 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
  • News ABC5 Cleveland
  • El Español newspaper

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