Sociology & Criminal Justice, Center for Applied Learning, Experiential Education
Chair/Associate Professor / Service Learning Coordinatorbuggd@potsdam.edu
Dr. Bugg joined the sociology faculty at SUNY-Potsdam in 2007. His areas of emphasis include criminology and deviant behavior as well as inequality and stratification.
He teaches courses for the criminal justice major as well as the sociology department. Dr. Bugg's main areas of teaching include criminology, corrections, violent crime, comparative criminology, troubled youth, victimology and statistics. Prior to his current position Dr. Bugg was an employee of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) from 2002 - 2007. LEMIT is the largest state based training program of law enforcement officers in the nation, while there he taught courses in demographics, applied criminal theory, and diversity issues. He also served in a research capacity providing expertise regarding various research projects on issues relating to law enforcement.
Dr. Bugg is an active researcher and routinely presents academic papers at various social science conferences at the regional, national and international level. He also chairs sessions at various conferences on crime and criminal justice. His research interests include: gun culture, hate groups, women and crime, policing, and corrections. His latest publications include: Hate Groups in the Network Society: A Transnational Social Movement available in the book Social Movements: Contemporary Perspectives (2008), Law Enforcement Officers Experiences with Pre-Evacuation Planning in Hurricane Rita available in Solutions to Coastal Disasters (2008), and his book, Gun Ownership over the Life Course (2008).
In 2010, Dr. Bugg was voted one of the top five professors at SUNY-Potsdam by Phi Eta Sigma. He has also been featured in the Washington Times (2010) discussing his research on gun ownership. More Info
Sociology & Criminal Justice
I was thrilled to join the SUNY Potsdam Sociology Department in 2000 after earning my BA at SUNY Oswego (where I studied sociology and women's studies)and my PhD in Sociology at the University at Albany. I especially enjoy interdisciplinary studies and am pleased to teach courses that also serve the following programs: Women's and Gender Studies, Environmental Studies,and Criminal Justice.
As a graduate student I focused my studies on gender, family, and social movements (especially the women's, environmental, and civil rights movements). My interests in these topics intersected in my research on intentional communities and my dissertation project was a four-year ethnographic study of the cohousing communities movement.
My real passion for sociology is realized in the classroom. I love to help students develop their "sociological imagination" and my teaching practices have led to my interest in experiential education and service-learning. I currently serve on the editorial board of the journal Teaching Sociology.
Beyond the campus I am part of a long tradition of applying sociology to community issues. My teaching on hunger, poverty, and inequality led to my involvement with the local non-profit organization GardenShare, where I serve on the board of directors and work to advance our mission of community food security and sustainable agriculture.