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Sociology Faculty - Jerry Daday

Dr. Jerry Daday

Dr. Jerry Daday

Executive Director, Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning & the Online Learning Research Office

Office:  TPH 365
Phone:  (270) 745-3197


Criminology, Genocide, Sociological Theory, Quantitative Research Methods,  and Human-Wildlife Conflict.

I regularly teach required undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Sociology, including Socl 100: Introductory Sociology, Socl 302: Strategies of Social Research, Socl 304: Sociological Theory, and Socl 513: Quantitative Research Methods.  I also teach several electives, such as Socl 330: Criminology, Socl 537: Comparative Criminology, and Socl 547: Life-course Criminology.  I offer many of these courses face-to-face classroom settings and online.


Criminology has been my primary area of concentration since completing my Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 2004.  I have published four co-authored articles with my colleagues from UNM examining the overlap and divergence between offenders and victims involved in violent crimes.  Currently, I am completing several additional manuscripts with a varied criminological focus.  These include papers that examine the correlates of fear of crime in African countries (with Dr. Jim Kanan in the Sociology Department at WKU) and in South Korea (with Dr. Yung Lee from the Korea Police Academy), a manuscript that examines the influence of corruption on cross-national homicide rates (with Dr. Lisa Broidy and Dale Willits from UNM), and a manuscript that measures the influence and effects of health care utilization variables on homicide lethality in the United States (with Dr. Kanan).  I also recently began a new research project that examines ethnic conflict and how the international community via the International Criminal Court is prosecuting those accused of committing acts of genocide and crimes against humanity.  I hope to expand this area of study in the future.

In addition to my criminological research, I have been a member of an interdisciplinary research team over the previous four years that has examined the prevalence and correlates of human-wildlife conflict in several rural villages of southeastern Kenya (with Dr. Mike Stokes from the Department of Biology at WKU and Dr. Charles Kimwele from the University of Nairobi).  More recently, Dr. Doug Smith (from the Sociology Department at WKU) and I are specifically studying the influence of community interactional variables on the adoption mitigation strategies to reduce crop destruction caused by wildlife in these same villages.  Additionally, we have collected data over a two-year period that examines entrepreneurialism and small business development in these villages (with Dr. Matt Marvel in the Department of Management at WKU).


PhD, University of New Mexico - 2004.

Please feel free to stop by my office or send me an e-mail if you would like to discuss common research interests or topics of discussion.

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