Dr. Patrick O’Brien earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He also received an M.A. in sociology and a B.S. in specialized studies from Ohio University. Dr. O’Brien has been teaching at the college level for over a decade instructing lower-division introductory courses in sociology, criminology, deviance and social problems while additionaly creating upper-division courses focusing on drugs, punishment, criminality, and the law. His primary academic interests include criminology, social control, drug laws, media, and qualitative methodology.
- Assistant Professor of Sociology
- Ph.D., Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder (2013)
- M.A., Sociology, Ohio University (2006)
- B.S.S., Sociology & Criminology, Ohio University (2004)
- O’Brien, Patrick K., Patricia A. Adler, and Peter Adler. 2016. “Deviant Identity.” Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition.
- Berger, Ronald J., Marvin D. Free Jr., Patrick K. O’Brien and Melissa Deller. 2015. Crime, Justice, and Society 4th Edition. Boulder, CO: Lynne-Reinner.
- O’Brien, Patrick K. 2014. “Social Control.” Encyclopedia of Social Deviance, edited by Heith Copes and Craig J. Forsyth. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
- O'Brien, Patrick K. 2013. "Medical Marijuana and Social Control: Escaping Criminalization and Embracing Medicalization." Deviant Behavior 34:423-443.
- Adler, Patricia A., Peter Adler, and Patrick K. O’Brien. [eds]. 2012. Drugs and the American Dream. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Introduction to Sociology
- Social Problems
- Introduction to Criminology
- Sociology of Punishment
- Drugs, Criminality, and the Law
- Deviance in U.S. Society
- Drugs in U.S. Society