JAMES E. HAWDON

James E. Hawdon

Director, Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention

Office

205A Norris Hall 
225 Stanger Street 
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone

(540) 231-7476

Email

hawdonj@vt.edu

Department Membership

Sociology

Expertise

  • Crime and Deviance
  • Community and Critical Incident Analysis
  • Substance Use and Abuse
  • Violence Prevention
  • Evaluation Research

Professional Activities

  • Director, Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
  • Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech, former Director of Graduate Studies
  • Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, Montgomery County, Virginia, former Statistical Consultant
  • Department of Sociology, Clemson University, former Director of Graduate Studies
  • Journal of Critical Incident Analysis, former Member of the Editorial Board

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Virginia
  • M.A. University of Virginia
  • B.A. University of Virginia

Awards and Honors

2013    Winner of College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Excellence in Research Award.

2011     Winner of the Department of Sociology’s E. Gordon Ericksen Award. Virginia Tech.

2008    Winner of the Department of Sociology’s Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award. Virginia Tech.

Selected Publications

Books

Hawdon, James, Atte Oksanen, Pekka Räsänen, and John Ryan. 2012. School Shootings and Local Communities: An International Comparison between The United States and Finland. University of Turku Press: Turku, Finland.

Hawdon, James E. 2005. Drugs and Alcohol Consumption as a Function of Social Structure: A Cross-cultural Sociology. Lewistown, N.Y.: Mellen Press.

Edited Books

Hawdon, James, John Ryan, and Marc Lucht (editors). 2014. The Causes and Consequences of Group Violence: From Bullies to Terrorists. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.

Articles

Barlow, Angela and James Hawdon. Forthcoming. “Sex, Drugs, and Deception: Deviance in the Hair Salon Industry.” Deviant Behavior. 

Näsi, Matti, Atte Oksanen, Pekka Räsänen, Teo Keipi, Emma Holkeri, and James Hawdon. Forthcoming “Association between Online Harassment and Exposure to Harmful Online Content: A Cross-National Comparison between the United States and Finland.” Computers in Human Behavior.

Hawdon, James, Laura Agnich, and John Ryan. Forthcoming. “Media Framing of a Tragedy: A Content Analysis of Print Media Coverage of the Virginia Tech Tragedy." Traumatology.

Hawdon, James and Robert Woods. 2014. “Crime, Fear, and Legitimating Ideologies: State of the Union Addresses as Hegemonic Strategy.” Criminal Justice Policy Review. DOI: 10.1177/0734016814538649

Sponsored Research

Ratliff, Thomas, James Hawdon, David Snow, Rebecca Barrett-Fox, and Matthew Costello. “Radicalization on the Internet: Virtual Extremism in the U.S. from 2012 – 2017.” Funded for $769,906 over three years from The United States Institute of Justice. 

Labuski, Christine, Phillip Olson, Patrick Roberts, James Hawdon, Craig Woolsey and Dan Stilwell. “Airing Concerns: A Data-Driven Approach to Autonomous Vehicle Technology Ethics.” $40,000 for one year from the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment and the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Sciences. 

Räsänen, Pekka and Atte Oksanen (co-PIs). With James Hawdon (senior researcher). 2012-2015. “Hate Communities: A Cross-National Comparison.” 205,288 € ($268,928) for three years from the Kone Foundation.

Additional Information

Current Projects

  • Radicalization on the Internet: Virtual Extremism in the U.S. from 2012-2017.
  • A comparison of youth exposure to online hate materials in the U.S., Finland, the U.K, and Germany.
  • An agent-based model of racial disparities in incarceration rates.
  • The broader impacts of school shootings.
  • An investigation of the social fields of group violence.