Director Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention

Dr. James Hawdon
Director
Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
205 Norris Hall (0911)
495 Old Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-2345
hawdonj@vt.edu

James Hawdon is a professor of sociology of Virginia Tech.  He became Director of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention in July 2011.

Professor Hawdon's research focuses on the nature of communities.  Specifically, he researches ways in which community-oriented programs can reduce violence and how communities respond to tragic critical incidents.  His prior research includes a ten year, cross-site evaluation of ten community-based anti-violence initiatives. He also recently completed two National Science Foundation projects focused on the relationship between tragic critical incidents and community solidarity.  He has published dozens of articles in the areas of crime, the sociology of drugs, and policing.  His book, Drug and Alcohol Use as Functions of Social Structure, won the Adele Mellen Prize for Contributions to Scholarship, and he recently co-edited the Encyclopedia of Drug Policy.

Dr. James Hawdon
CPSVP Director
2011-Present

Office Manager and Grant Coordinator

Amy Splitt
Office Manager and Grant Coordinator
Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
Department of Sociology
205 Norris Hall (0911)
495 Old Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-2345
cpsvp@vt.edu

Graduate Students

Lori Hall
Primary advisor - James Hawdon
PhD Student - Sociology
Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
205 Norris Hall (0911)
495 Old Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 20461
(540) 231-2345
llhall@vt.edu

Ms. Hall is the Graduate Student advisor for the Students for Non-Violence Club. She also founded and advises the new Crime and Deviant Behavior club. 

Jose Torres
Primary advisor - James Hawdon
PhD Student - Sociology
Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
205 Norris Hall (0911)
495 Old Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 20461
(540) 231-2345
tjose4@vt.edu

Robert Wood
Primary advisor - James Hawdon
PhD Student - Sociology
Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
205 Norris Hall (0911)
495 Old Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 20461
(540) 231-2345
woodrd2@vt.edu