School of Criminal Justice

Patrick Gerkin

Patrick Gerkin
Associate Professor
School of Criminal Justice
Grand Valley State University
283-C DeVos
401 W. Fulton                         
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Telephone: (616)-331-7175
Fax: 616-331-7155

Dr. Gerkin completed his Ph.D. in sociology, with emphasis in criminology and race and ethnic relations at Western Michigan University in 2006.  After teaching for two years at Mesa State College, in western Colorado, Dr Gerkin  returned to his home state and joined the faculty at GVSU in the Fall of 2007.

Dr. Gerkin’s teaching and research interests center on restorative justice, white collar crime, classic and contemporary criminology, and the drug crime nexus.  Courses taught at GVSU include Criminology, Research Methods, Youth Culture and Crime, and Justice and Society.

Other interests include camping, hiking, biking, playing soccer, and traveling and exploring other cultures. 
Recent Publications
“Johnny Cash: The Criminologist Within,” co-authored with Patrick Gerkin and Aaron Rider. Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture 17 (1): 152-183 (2010).
"Participation in Victim-Offender Mediation: Lessons Learned from Observations." Criminal Justice Review, Vol. 34, 2 (2009), forthcoming.

"Injustice for All: A State Crime of Omission Beneath the Steps of the United States Capitol." International Journal of Critical Criminology, forthcoming (currently available on SpringerLink in electronic format).

"Methamphetamine Use and Criminal Behavior." International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, forthcoming (currently available in OnlineFirst in electronic format).

Works in Progress
Community Involvement in Restorative Justice: Theory vs. Practice
Barriers to Implementing Restorative Justice: A Pilot Program Case Study
Power Dynamics in Victim-Offender Mediation: Lessons Learned from Observations

Western Colorado Inmate Study


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