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Dr Kent Ryan Kerley

[Dr Kent Ryan Kerley]

Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Last Updated: October 24, 2021
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Research Interests

Research Interests
Corrections, Religion, Policing, Drug careers, Cybercrime, Intimate partner violence, White-collar crime

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
Research Methods, Religion and Crime, White-Collar Crime


Biography

Biography

Kent Ryan Kerley, PhD, is Professor and Chair since 2015 in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Arlington. He received a BA in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University and then MS and PhD in Sociology/Criminology from the University of Tennessee. Prior to joining UTA, Dr. Kerley served for ten years as a faculty member in the Department of Justice Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and for four years in the Department of Sociology at Mississippi State University.

Dr. Kerley’s primary research interests include corrections, religiosity, and drug careers. He has over 70 publications, including 36 refereed journal articles. His research has appeared in top journals such as American Journal of Criminal Justice, Aggression and Violent Behavior, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Justice Quarterly, Social Forces, and Social Problems. He is the author of one research monograph and editor of five books/collections.

Dr. Kerley was Principal Investigator for two National Science Foundation grants used to create an undergraduate Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at UAB called Using the Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics to Study Crime (NSF Award # 1261322 and 1004953). He has also received research funding from Google and the Religious Research Association. His grants have totaled nearly $900,000. He was elected Treasurer for the Southern Criminal Justice Association and served from 2014 to 2017. He was just elected Second Vice President in July, 2020, and will serve as President in 2022-2023.

Education

Education

    • 2001 PhD in Sociology/Criminology
      University Tennessee Knoxville
    • 1997 MA in Sociology/Criminology
      University Tennessee Knoxville
    • 1995 BA in Criminology/Criminal Justice
      East Tennessee State Univ

Appointments

Appointments

    • June 2015 to Present Professor and Chair
      Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX, United States)
    • July 2005 to May 2015 Associate Professor
      Justice Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL, United States)
    • Aug 2001 to May 2005 Assistant Professor
      Sociology, Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS, United States)

Memberships

    • 2014 to Present Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
      Lifetime member
    • 2012 to Present Southern Criminal Justice Association
      Lifetime member
    • 2017 to Dec 2020 American Society of Criminology
    • 2012 to Dec 2020 Religious Research Association

Awards and Honors

    • Nov  2018 Phi Kappa Phi initiation as faculty at UTA sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi
    • Mar  2016 APD Chief's Recognition Coin sponsored by Arlington Police Department
    • Apr  1995 Phi Kappa Phi initiation as student at ETSU sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi

News Articles

News Articles

Support & Funding

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • Mar 2019 to Feb 2020 Workshop on Decision Analytics for Dynamic Policing sponsored by  -  $50000
      (Funded)

Publications

Presentations

    • September  2018
      Kerley, KentRyan, "Presentation list available upon request". (September , 2018).

Students Supervised

    • Present
      Master's Comprehensive Exam Committee Member
      Janesha Dotson, (Criminology and Criminal Just)
    • Present
      Dissertation Committee Member
      Yasaman Ghasemi, (Industrial Engineering)
    • Present
      Master's Comprehensive Exam Committee Member
      Alixandra Ezell, (Criminology and Criminal Just)
    • 2021
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      LaDarius Beck, (Sociology and Anthropology)
    • Dec 2020
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Ashley Jamison, (Criminology and Criminal Just)
    • 2020
      Master's Comprehensive Exam Committee Member
      Craig Van Noorman, (Criminology and Criminal Just)
    • Dec 2018
      Dissertation Committee Member
      Khan Haque, (Industrial Engineering)
    • Dec 2018
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Shawn Guy, (Criminology and Criminal Just)
    • 2018
      Master's Comprehensive Exam Committee Chair
      Nehru Kelly, (Criminology and Criminal Just)
    • May 2018
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Illandra Denysschen, (Criminology and Criminal Just)
    • May 2017
      Master's Thesis Committee Co-Chair
      Stephanie Sanford, (Criminology and Criminal Just)
    • May 2017
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Karen St. Valentine, (Criminology and Criminal Just)
    • Dec 2016
      Master's Comprehensive Exam Committee Chair
      Janet Moreno, Supervised Policy Analysis Project (Criminology and Criminal Just)
    • Dec 2016
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Sheri Brock, (Criminology and Criminal Just)

Courses

      • CRCJ 5301-001 PROSEMINAR CRIMINOLOGY/CRM JUS
        (Course Id: 106941)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 3350-001 INTRO RESEARCH METHODS
        (Course Id: 106911)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 5380-001 CRIMINAL JUSTICE SEMINAR
        (Course Id: 106951)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 3350-001 INTRO RESEARCH METHODS
        (Course Id: 106911)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 5301-005 PROSEMINAR CRIMINOLOGY/CRM JUS
        (Course Id: 106941)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 3350-001 INTRO RESEARCH METHODS
        (Course Id: 106911)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 5380-001 CRIMINAL JUSTICE SEMINAR
        (Course Id: 106951 | Xlist Coursepre: crcj | Xlist Coursenum: 5380 003)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 3350-001 INTRO RESEARCH METHODS
        (Course Id: 106911)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 5393-001 TOP CRIME CRIM
        (Course Id: 106952)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 3350-002 INTRO RESEARCH METHODS
        (Course Id: 106911)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 5301-001 PROSEMINAR CRIMINOLOGY/CRM JUS
        (Course Id: 106941)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 3350-003 INTRO RESEARCH METHODS
        (Course Id: 106911)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 5380-003 CRIMINAL JUSTICE SEMINAR
        (Course Id: 106951)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • CRCJ 3350-001 INTRO RESEARCH METHODS
        (Course Id: 106911)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 5301-001 PROSEMINAR CRIMINOLOGY/CRM JUS
        (Course Id: 106941)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 5301-002 PROSEMINAR CRIMINOLOGY/CRM JUS
        (Course Id: 106941)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 5301-003 PROSEMINAR CRIMINOLOGY/CRM JUS
        (Course Id: 106941)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 3350-003 INTRO RESEARCH METHODS
        (Course Id: 106911)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 3300-001 THEORETICAL CR
        (Course Id: 106906)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 5380-001 CRIMINAL JUSTICE SEMINAR
        (Course Id: 106951)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 4386-001 TOP CORRECTION
        (Topic: Religion and Crime | Course Id: 106933)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 5301-002 PROSEMINAR CRIMINOLOGY/CRM JUS
        (Course Id: 106941)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 5301-003 PROSEMINAR CRIMINOLOGY/CRM JUS
        (Course Id: 106941)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 4386-001 TOP CORRECTION
        (Topic: Religion and Crime | Course Id: 106933)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 3300-001 THEORETICAL CR
        (Course Id: 106906)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 5394-001 TOPICS IN JUSTICE ISSUES
        (Topic: Religion and Crime | Course Id: 106953)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • CRCJ 5380-001 CRIMINAL JUSTICE SEMINAR
        (Course Id: 106951)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • CRCJ 5350-001 THEORY
        (Course Id: 106948)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • CRCJ 4386-001 TOP CORRECTION
        (Topic: Religion In Prison | Course Id: 106933)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • CRCJ 5393-001 TOP CRIME CRIM
        (Topic: White-Collar & Corp. Crime | Course Id: 106952)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2016
      • CRCJ 5380-001 CRIMINAL JUSTICE SEMINAR
        (Course Id: 106951)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • CRCJ 5394-001 TOPICS IN JUSTICE ISSUES
        (Topic: Religion, Crime, & Pub Policy | Course Id: 106953)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • CRCJ 3300-003 THEORETICAL CR
        (Course Id: 106906)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015

Service to the University

    • 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      UT System Finish@UT Advisory Committee
      Serve as member of committee to review Finish@UT programs at UTA and in the UT System.
    • 2019 to  2019 Committee Member
      CoLA’s Spotlight Conference
      Served as judge for CoLA’s Spotlight Conference on April 4th, 2019.

      Judges
      KENT KERLEY
      SONIA KANIA
      Moderator: Darian Corona
      3pm – 3:50pm: Panel Session C
      Disruptive Art – Red River Room
      Alexander Lozano, Art and Art History: Glass: New Artistic Approaches
      Brandon Solis, Theater: The Art of Emotion in Video Games
      Hannah Waterman, Music: “The Nobodies”: Decoding the Subversion in Marilyn Manson
    • 2017 to  2019 Committee Member
      UT System Field of Study - Criminal Justice

Service to the Profession

    • 2017 to  Present
      Editorial Review Board Member
      American Journal of Criminal Justice
    • Sept 2020 to  Sept 2024
      Officer, President/Elect/Past
      Southern Criminal Justice Association
      Dr. Kerley was elected SCJA Second Vice President in July, 2020. He will serve as VP in 2021-2022 and President in 2022-2023.

    • 2015 to  2021
      Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
      National Science Foundation
      Served as NSF REU Panel reviewer in DC from 2015 to present. Also served as ad-hoc reviewer.
    • Sept 2021 to  Oct 2021
      External Reviewer for Tenure and Promotion
      Auburn University at Montgomery
      External Reviewer for Tenure and Promotion
    • Jan 2021 to  Jan 2021
      External Reviewer for Tenure and Promotion
      Montclair State University
      External Reviewer for Tenure and Promotion
    • 2017 to  2020
      Editorial Review Board Member
      IJOTCC
    • Past to  Aug 2019
      Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
      Cabrini University
    • Past to  Aug 2019
      Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
      Rutgers University
    • Jan 2011 to  Dec 2018
      Editorial Review Board Member
      Religions
    • Past to  Aug 2018
      Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
      University of North Florida
    • Sept 2014 to  Sept 2017
      Officer, Treasurer
      Southern Criminal Justice Association

Service to the Community

Service to the Community

    • Mar 2016 to  Present
      Workshop Organizer (Arlington, TX,
      Procedural Justice Summitt 2016
      Procedural Justice Summit Agenda (Proposed)
      March 11, 2016 / 0900-1430
      UT-Arlington, University Hall, Room 108

      0900-0915 – Introductory Remarks
      Mayor Jeff WilliamsDr. Kent Kerley Police Chief Will Johnson0915-1030 – Keynote Address
      Dr. Tom Tyler, Yale University1030-1045 – Networking Break
      Coffee/Pastries1045-1200 – Speaking Presentation
      John Parker, United States Attorney – Northern District of Texas1200-1300 – Lunch (Catered)
      Potbellys1300-1315 – SmartForce Vendor Demo ($1,000)
      1315-1430 – Moderated Panel Discussion
      Dr. Theron BowmanDr. Tom TylerPolice Chief Will JohnsonJohn Parker1430 – End of Summit
    • Feb 2017 to  Mar 2017
      Board Member (Arlington, TX,
      Arlington Police Department
      selection paper