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Ryan King

Ryan King

Ryan King

Divisional Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor



Townshend Hall 110
1885 Neil Ave.
Columbus OH 43201

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Areas of Expertise

  • Crime & Deviance
  • Inter-group Conflict
  • Sociology of Law


  • 2005 Ph.D., Sociology, University of Minnesota

Ryan King CV [PDF]

My research and teaching interests are in criminology, law, punishment, and intergroup conflict. Although I have less time for research since accepting an administrative appointment as Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences (since 2021), I continue to publish on the topics of hate crimes and criminal sentencing. Current projects examine why hate crimes are rarely prosecuted and why racial sentencing disparities declined over the past two decades. I am currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Sentencing.

My previous published work focused on the topics of hate crime law and behavior, incivility, criminal deportation, punitive attitudes, crime and violence against minority groups, sentencing, and the relationship between crime, punishment, and various facets of family life (e.g., marriage, divorce, and parent-child relations). My research has been published in many of the leading sociology journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Criminology, the Law and Society Review, and in academic presses such as Cambridge University Press and the Russell Sage Foundation. My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and other agencies and foundations.

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