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Leonard Steverson

Visiting Lecturer of Sociology


Research, Professional and Creative Activity


Behl, Joshua & Steverson, Leonard A. (2021). Crime theory profiles: Inside the minds of theorists of crime and deviance. New York: Routledge.

Steverson, Leonard A. (2019). Addiction reimagined: Challenging ideas on an enduring social problem. Madrid: Vernon Press.

Steverson, Leonard A. (2018). Madness reimagined: Envisioning a better system of mental health in America. Madrid: Vernon Press.

Steverson, Leonard A. and J. Melvin. (2018). Debating social problems. New York: Routledge.

Steverson, Leonard A. and C. Ballard. (2010/2006). Giants of sociology: A little guide to the big names in sociological theory. New York: Pearson.

Steverson, Leonard A. (2008). Policing in America: A reference handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Articles and chapters in edited volumes (abbreviated list)

Steverson, Leonard A. (2022). “Eco-anxiety in a risk society: A sociological perspective” In Douglas Vakock and Sam Mickey (Eds.) and Eco-Anxiety and Planetary Hope: Confronting Pandemics and the Climate Crisis. Oxford University Press.

Steverson, Leonard A. & Melvin, Jennifer E. (2021). “Following the Chicago School: Engaging college and university students in a public sociology gentrified neighborhood program” In Leslie Hossfeld (Ed.) International Handbook of Public Sociology. Routledge. ISBN 9780367518837. In Press.

Melvin, Jennifer E. & Steverson, Leonard A. (2021). “Teaching and engaging students in a public sociology program on gentrification”. Journal of Public and Professional Sociology 13 (1), Article 4. Available at:

Steverson, Leonard A. (2014). “Counseling, treatment, and culture in prison: One size fits all?” In Scott Bowman (Ed.) Racism in the U.S. Prison System, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Steverson, Leonard A. (2011). “Shaming penalties”. In William J. Chambliss (Ed.), Corrections. Key Issues in Crime and Punishment series. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Professional Profile

Ph.D. Human Services, Capella University; M.S. Sociology, Valdosta State University; B.S. Sociology, Georgia Southern University

Teaching and Related Service


  • Public Sociology
  • Race and Crime
  • Social Movements
  • Marriage and Family
  • Police and Society


South Georgia College (Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminal Justice); Valdosta State University (Criminal Justice); University of North Florida (Sociology)


Public sociology, deviance and crime, social problems


American Sociological Association; American Society of Criminology; Society for the Study of Social Problems; Southern Sociological Society


Probation supervisor, correctional counselor, therapist, manager of child and adolescent mental health and addictions clinic

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  • Thursday: 10:00am-10:50am
  • Monday, Wednesday: 12:30pm-1:00pm