Dr. Jesse S.G. Wozniak

Hello! I’m currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University, where I’ve been since Spring 2013 after receiving my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota.

My research centers mainly on policing and social control, with an emphasis on how state power intersects with neoliberalism and neoimperialism, and my work has appeared in such journals as The British Journal of Criminology, Punishment and Society, Social Science Quarterly, and The Journal of Peace Research, as well as having been featured on Buzzfeed News, Pittsburgh City Pages, and Top of the Mind with Julie Rosen.

If you have any questions about my research, publications, or the classes I teach, please explore the links on the left side of the page or give me a shout.

Academic Positions

  • 2013 - Present Assistant Professor

    West Virginia University
    Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Current Research

My research agenda spans multiple fields and speaks to many audiences; while I am firmly encamped within sociology, my work is in conversation with scholarship in political science, international relations, geography, and area studies. My research lies at the intersection of criminology, political sociology, and critical theory; within these fields my work has focused primarily on (1) the origins and development of policing practices, (2) the role of police training in transforming institutional culture, (3) issues in international police reconstruction and state-building, and (4) situating state formation in a broader context of neoliberal globalization and neoimperialism.

Read More
2018

"The Self Presentation of the Islamic State in Rumiyah"

Wozniak, Jesse, Joshua Woods, and Yan Song Lee (manuscript in preparation)

“Legal Decision-Making in Iraqi Kurdistan”

Wozniak, Jesse and Gabrielle Ferrales (data analysis)

“Factorial Survey Analysis of Iraqi Kurdistan”

Ferrales, Gabrielle and Jesse Wozniak (data analysis)

"Interview and Ethnographic Data Analysis”

Wozniak, Jesse and Gabrielle Ferrales (data analysis)

"Training Empire"

Wozniak, Jesse (book manuscript in draft, chapters available for review)

Selected Publications

More Publications

“Attitudes of Rural Law Enforcement Toward Proposed Changes in Policing”

Forthcoming at The International Journal of Rural Criminology
Contessa, Jason and Jesse Wozniak.

Media Appearances

Interviews, radio, and news appearances featuring research and publications.

Classes Taught

Fall 2018 (Current)

SOCA 793
Race, Crime, & Community

SOCA 234
The Criminal Justice System

Graduate (Past)

SOCA 610
Advanced General Sociology

SOCA 513
Qualitative Methods

Undergraduate (Past)

SOCA 488
Capstone: Law Politics and Inequality

SOCA 321
Punishment and Social Control

SOCA 319
Police Culture and Socialization

SOCA234
The Criminal Justice System