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Shaun A. Thomas

Shaun A. Thomas

Associate Professor

Co-Director, Center for Social Research

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

(SOCI)-Sociology and Criminology

Phone: 479-575-3205

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Underpinning much of my past and present research is a focus on the dynamic nature of neighborhoods. The manner in which neighborhoods change, the causes associated with these changes, and the rapidity with which these changes transpire are issues I explore. 

Some of my prior publications have centered on developing structural and cultural explanations for regional variations in rates of violence and explicating the criminological impact of civic engagement and civic oriented communities. Much of my current research centers on investigating social theories of variation in the nature and prevalence of crime across places and social groups as well as theories that attempt to account for the race, poverty, and crime nexus. Another topic integral to my research program is the investigation of the criminological impact of social and institutional isolation, especially among youth. In two projects, a colleague and I proposed that structural resource deprivation and a weak civic participatory culture foster institutional isolation among youth, which, in turn, elevates rates of crime. 

Violence, public health, health disparitoes, inequality and crime, spatial temporal analyses, communities and crime, institutions of social control, juvenile justice, institutionally isolated youth, the nature of violence, social justice, deviant behavior, and rural and urban studies.

Graduate:  Communities and Crime, Regression Analysis, Categorical Analysis, Secondary Data Analysis and Management, Criminological Theory, Social Statistics, Criminal Violence, Ethics, and Human Resource Management.

Undergraduate:  Criminal Violence, Police and Society, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Deviant Behavior, Victimology, Current Social Problems

2009 PhD Sociology Louisiana State University

2006 MA Sociology Louisiana State University

2002 BA Sociology University of Akron

Selected Publications:

Thomas, Johanna, Shaun Thomas, Grant Drawve and Judith Rhoades. In Press. “Post Truancy Intervention and the Likelihood of On-time Grade Attainment ” Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk.

Thomas, Johanna and Shaun Thomas. In Press. Understanding Early Childhood Truancy: How studies across the life course can inform evidence-based interventions. In Jolanta Grotowska-Leder and Paulina Bunio-Mroczek (eds.), Investing in Children. Innovative Solutions to Improve Children’s Well-Being, University of Lódz Publishing House, Lódz.

Dierenfeldt, Rick D., Shaun A. Thomas, Timothy C. Brown, and Jeffery T. Walker. In Press. “Street Codes and Gun Violence: Exploring the reputation-Victimization Paradox.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Thomas, Shaun and Grant Drawve. 2018. “Examining Interactive Effects of Characteristics of the Social and Physical Environment.” Journal of Criminal Justice 57, 89-98.

Thomas, Shaun A., Drew Medaris, and Cody Tuttle. 2018. “Southern Culture and Aggravated Assault: Exploring the Generality of the Southern Cultural of Violence.” Sociological Spectrum 38(2), 103-116.

Thomas, Shaun, Grant Drawve, and Johanna Thomas. 2018. “Exploring the generality of the influence of institutional isolation among youth on crime.” Deviant Behavior 39(7), 852-867.

Thomas, Shaun, Kyle Burgason, Timothy Brown and Emily Berthelot. 2017. “Is it all about race? Intergroup threat and perceptions of racial profiling.” Criminal Justice Studies 30(4), 401-420.

Drawve, Grant, Shaun A. Thomas, and Timothy Hart. 2017. “Routine activity theory and the likelihood of arrest: A replication and extension with conjunctive methods.” Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice33(2), 121-132.

Drawve, Grant, Shaun Thomas, and Jeffery Walker. 2016. Developing an Aggregate Neighborhood Risk of Crime Measure: Exploring the Utility of Risk Terrain Modeling. Journal of Criminal Justice

Berthelot, Emily, Timothy C. Brown, Shaun A. Thomas, and Kyle Burgason. 2015. “Racial (In)variance, Disadvantage, and Lethal Violence: A Survival Analysis of Black Homicide Victimization Rick in the United States.” Homicide Studies.

Thomas, Johanna, Shaun A. Thomas, *Kyle Burgason, and Lillie Wichinski. 2014. “Youth at Risk: A Longitudinal Analysis of the Criminal Trajectories of Juvenile Offenders.”   Western Criminology Review.

Burgason , Kyle, Shaun A. Thomas and Emily Berthelot. 2014. “The Nature of Violence: A Multilevel Analysis of Gun Use and Victim Injury in Violent Interpersonal Encounters." Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Drawve, Grant, Shaun A. Thomas, and Jeffrey T. Walker. 2014. “The Likelihood of Arrest: A   Routine Activity Theory Approach to NIBRS Data.” American Journal of   Criminal Justice.

Thomas, Shaun and Edward Shihadeh. 2013. “Institutional Isolation and Crime: The Mediating Effect of Disengaged Youth on Levels of Crime.” Social Science Research.

Thomas, Shaun A., Stacy C. Moak, and Jeffrey T. Walker. 2013. “Racial Bias in Detention and Community Context: The Role of Racial versus Symbolic Threat.” Race and Justice.

2015 Faculty Excellence Award for Research.  Awarded by the College of Social Sciences and Communication, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.