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Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Kevin Steinmetz


Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, 2014
M.S., Criminal Justice, Eastern Kentucky University, 2010
B.S., Police Studies, Eastern Kentucky University, 2008

Research and Teaching Interests: Technocrime, Critical Criminology, Popular Culture and Crime, Inequality and Criminal Justice, Crimes of the Powerful, Qualitative Methods. 

 Dr. Kevin Steinmetz is a criminologist on faculty within the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. He maintains multiple research interests but his primary area of study is hacker culture.  Dr. Steinmetz's research on this subject is qualitative and ethnographic, focusing on conceptual issues in hacker culture, hacker development, and perspectives toward authority. Outside of hacking, he is deeply interested in other issues pertaining to the intersection between technology, crime, and control like surveillance. In addition, he studies racial inequalities within the criminal justice system, particularly probation. His work has also centered on popular culture, crime, and crime control issues such as hip-hop artists' portrayals of criminal justice. His research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as The British Journal of Criminology, Deviant Behavior, Race & Justice, and Social Justice, to name a few.  Check out his upcoming book entitled Hacked: A Radical Approach to Hacker Culture and Crime to be published by New York University Press in the fall of 2016.

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