Sociology & Anthropology

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Michael Smyth, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Sociology
Director of the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society

Phone: 570-372-4694
Office Location: Fisher Hall - Rm 320

Academic Credentials:
PHD, Univ of California Irvine
MA, Univ of California Irvine
BA, Antioch University

Smyth joined the faculty in Fall 2008. His areas of expertise and research interest include the sociology of law, punishment and penality, sex, sexuality and social control, and social change. His work in these areas has focused on a range of empirical topics, including cultural models of sexual violence in U.S. carceral facilities and the social construction of the “homosexual male” in “gay-panic” homicide trials. In addition to his recently published book, Prison Rape: Law, Media, and Meaning (2011), Smyth's work has appeared in Law & Society Review and Stanford Law and Policy Review, as well as the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Sex, Gender, and Crime.

Smyth teaches courses in sociological theory, crime and justice, sociology of law, corrections and punishment, and social problems. In addition to his research and teaching pursuits, he currently serves as director of the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society at SU and he was recently appointed to the Research, Evaluation, Data Collection and Analysis Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.


  • ANTH-500 Seminar
  • LGST-505 Internship: Montgomery County
  • LGST-505 Internship: New Hope Police
  • LGST-505 Internship: Tactical Operation
  • SOCI-101 Principles of Sociology
  • SOCI-102 Social Problems
  • SOCI-255 Crime and Justice
  • SOCI-301 Topics: Sex and Sexuality
  • SOCI-311 Sociological Theory
  • SOCI-350 Corrections, Punishment, Penal
  • SOCI-350 Punishment and Society
  • SOCI-500 Seminar
  • SOCI-500 Sex, Law and Injustice
  • SOCI-501 Independent Research
  • SOCI-510 Internship in Sociology
  • WMST-400 Crime and Justice

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