Rick Matthews

  • Chair, Sociology Department; Director, Criminal Justice Program; Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice
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    Lentz Hall 310

    Professor Rick Matthews specializes in criminology, specifically state and corporate crime. His most recent publications have been in the areas of state-corporate crime, examining the ways in which state agencies and corporate actors engage in criminal activities. Particular case studies published by Prof. Matthews have focused on the roles played by corporations in the Holocaust, the inadequate regulatory environment that led to the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and role played by deregulation in the crash of ValuJet flight 592.

    Prof. Matthews earned his B.S. from Northern Michigan University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Western Michigan University. He joined the Carthage faculty in 2002.

    • Ph.D., M.A. — Sociology, Western Michigan University
    • B.S. — Northern Michigan University
    • CRJ 1000 Criminal Justice System
    • CRJ 2260 Criminology
    • CRJ 3020 American Courts
    • CRJ 4990 Seminar
    • SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 1010 Social Problems
    • SOC 2270 Juvenile Delinquency
    • SOC 3120 Elite Deviance
    • SOC 3240 Logic of Sociological Inquiry
    • SOC 3310 Meditations on the Holocaust
    • SOC 4010 Social Theory Seminar
    • SOC 4990 Senior Seminar