Gregory Howard

Gregory Howard (Greg)
Associate Professor of Sociology
(269) 387-5280
3208 Sangren Hall, Mail Stop 5257
Mailing address: 
Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5257 USA
  • Ph.D., Criminology, University of New York
  • B.A., Social Ecology, University of California
Teaching interests: 
  • Criminal justice process
  • Theoretical issues in criminology
  • Environmental justice
  • Human rights and civil liberties

Dr. Greg Howard is an associate professor of sociology at Western Michigan University.

During Howard's extended studies at Albany, he was involved in evaluations of criminal justice interventions, crunched numbers for the Rochester Youth Development Study, worked as a consultant at the United Nations Office in Vienna with the Centre for International Crime Prevention, and co-founded and edited the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture. He also wrote a dissertation titled "The Social Career of Environmentalism," with which he earned a Ph.D.

Howard chaired or served on a range of thesis and dissertation committees. At the doctoral level, he supervised an ethnographic account of interspecies encounters at a cat hospital and has contributed to an investigation of truth claims about online education as well as a study of the interplay between biography and history in Levittown, Pa. Howard supervised master's projects concerned with environmental sociology, technology and time, the peddling of credit cards amongst college students and the discourse of the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

Howard has been on committees providing guidance to studies of football robbery, the Nightmare on Elm Street film series, and the International Criminal Court. Howard also chaired investigations by undergraduates interested in Buddhism and deviance, rehabilitation in the juvenile courts and the prospect of a universal DNA database.

Howard is exploring the capacity of evolutionary theory as a framework while also examining surveillance, civil liberties and terrorism with a comparative perspective.