Patrick Jackson

Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Phone: 707.664.2934
World wide web:

M.A. & Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Davis

Prior teaching appointments:

University of Missouri-St. Louis

UC Davis Sociology Department

Postdoctoral Fellow
Center on Administration of Criminal Justice
U C Davis School of Law

Interests and Activities

Professor Pat Jackson is the founding Editor of the Western Criminology Review, an online scholarly criminology journal that has been devoted to open access principles for the past ten years, ensuring free and immediate access to scholarly information by all. Now in its 15th year of publication, the journal enjoys wide readership and is a major outlet for research in the field.

His published research includes:

His most recent publication ("Situated Activities in a Dog Park: Identity and Conflict in Human-Animal Space," 2012 Society & Animals 20/3), freely available at this link, is an ethnography that examines--using dramaturgical analysis inspired by Goffman--how people manage animal-related problems and conflicts in a public dog park, ranging from failing to responsibly manage a dog to a physical altercation between their human caretakers.

His web contributions accumulate crime and criminal justice information in The Redwood Highway, which includes SuperCell, California's crime control superhero, along with the Sonoma County Justice Profile, which is used a great deal by local citizens. More recently he created the Pacific Crime Blog, an attempt to bring attention to crime issues distinctive to the Western Region of the U.S.

At present he is involved in several projects:

At SSU he teaches classes in criminology, juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, research methods, media and crime, corrections, and the department's capstone course in CCJS. He has also worked closely with Local, Sonoma County, State and Federal agencies to develop and professionalize the CCJS Department's internship program. Currently he is a member of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects and recently served on the School of Social Science Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion committee, the Degree Audit Task Force, and others. He served as department chair for a decade and returned to teaching and research full-time in Fall of 2010.

In the local community he volunteers for a public high school, a program for helping foster children, and performs in music groups for local public benefits.