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Brendan Dooley, Ph.D.

Brendan Dooley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Human Services

Archbishop Borders Hall
Room 213

+ (301) 447-5373
Brendan Dooley, Ph.D., is a 2010 graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His research focuses on the status and development of criminology as a science. The primary means in which the evolution has been chronicled is through the Oral History Criminology Project where he has served as Project Director since 2011.

The archive of open access video recordings catalogs the insights of leading scholars of the field on its major intellectual shifts. His work has been published in a number of outlets including The Advances in Criminological Theory series, The American Sociologist, the Journal of Criminal Justice, and Law, Crime and Social Change. He is currently working on biography of Travis Hirschi's career with Sean Goodison as part of Routledge's Key Thinkers in Criminology series.
Ph.D., University of Missouri—St. Louis, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. December 2010.
M.A., Criminal Justice, Loyola University Chicago. December 2003.
B.S., Political Science/Criminal Justice, Loyola University Chicago, May 2001.

Criminological Theory, Oral History, Sociology of Criminology.

Dooley, Brendan D. Forthcoming. “Un-disciplined: Tracing Criminology’s Divergence from Sociology.” Sociological Inquiry.

Dooley, Brendan D. (2018) “Whither Criminology: The Search for Paradigm Over the Last Half Century” The American Sociologist 49(2): 258-279.

Dooley, Brendan D. 2017. “Conjectures, Refutations, and (Elusive) Resolution: An Exercise in the Sociology of Knowledge Within Criminology” Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology 5(1): 104-131.

Dooley, Brendan D. 2016. “The Emergence of Contemporary Criminology: An Oral History of its Development as an Independent Profession”. Crime, Law and Social Change, 66: 339-357.

Cullen, Francis T., Pamela Wilcox, Robert J. Sampson, and Brendan D. Dooley (eds.). (2015). Challenging Criminological Theory: The Legacy of Ruth Kornhauser—Advances in Criminological Theory, Volume 19. New Brunswick, NJ: Transactions Publishers

Wheeldon, Johannes, Jon Heidt, and Brendan D. Dooley. 2014. “The Trouble(s) with Unification: Debating Assumptions, Methods, and Expertise in Criminology.” Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology 6(2): 111-128.

Dooley, Brendan D., Alan Seals, and David Skarbek. 2014. “The Effect of Prison Gang Membership on Recidivism”. Journal of Criminal Justice, 42 (3): 267-275.

Dooley, Brendan D. and Jason Rydberg. 2014 “Examining Differences in the Orientations of Criminology and Criminal Justice Scholarship, 1951-2008: Publication Patterns, Theoretical and Methodological Development” Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 25(1): 84-105.