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Sociology Faculty - Holli Drummond

Dr. Holli Drummond

Dr. Holli Drummond

Associate Professor of Sociology

Office:  Grise Hall 111
Phone:  (270) 745-2259


Inequality and Criminology.

I enjoy teaching, research, and public service, and strive to balance my activities among these three.  I regularly teach courses in Juvenile Delinquency and Diversity in American Society in addition to a course in Gender, Crime, and Justice and our core majors/minors course Strategies of Research Methods.


My research mostly involves analysis of the influence of circumstance on adolescent perception and behavior.  Specifically, I have conducted survey research in Medellin Colombia, and been a part of the Mobile Youth Survey in Mobile and Pritchard, Alabama.  Both studies evaluate the impact of a disadvantaged and often violent social environment on adolescent development and behavior.  My recent article, "Becoming Violent: Exploring the Mediating Effect of Hopelessness on the Code of the Street Thesis," was published in Deviant Behavior in the summer of 2011, co-authored by MYS principle investigator John M. Bolland and WKU alum Waverly Anny Harris.  Dr. Bolland and I have several follow-up papers in progress including an analysis of the psychometric properties of several "Code of the Street" components.  Further, WKU Sociology colleague Amy Krull joined Dr. Bolland and I in evaluating "Gendered Pathways" both to street code adoption and gang affiliation, as well as participation in violent behavior and risky sexual activity.  I plan on submitting a grant to the Guggenheim Foundation to qualitatively explore dimensions of the Code of the Street among long-term participants of the MYS in the Fall of 2011.

Further, Dr. John Dizgun, Dr. David Keeling and I are performing analysis of the survey data collected in Medellin Colombia during the summer of 2009.  We are interested in exploring how mechanisms of organization, such as availability of transportation & commercial establishments as well as social capital/organization, affect levels of adolescent satisfaction and desistance from gang and violent activity.  We have plans to present our research at the World Human Geography conference in Lawrenceville, Kansas in September of 2011.


PhD, University of Georgia - 2004.

I am involved with many public organizations throughout South Central Kentucky mostly in the area of child protection/wellbeing and juvenile corrections in addition to adult reentry and community transition.  I find these opportunities for service allow me to make practical my theoretical understanding of society and crime obtained through research and teaching.

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