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Rachel Stein, Ph.D. **

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies - Sociology


Member of the Religion and Society Group

Dr. Stein received her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Akron. Her research is focused primarily on community building and solidarity in Old Order Amish communities. Her current projects explore how visiting practices strengthen the Amish community and contribute to its growth. 

A second area of her research is the scholarship of teaching and learning. Specifically, she is interested in team-based learning practices in the classroom. Her final area of research is on opportunities that lead to crime and victimization. Her work has appeared in Teaching Sociology, Sociological Focus, the International Criminal Justice Review, and Sociology Compass. 

Selected Publications

Stein, Rachel E., Corey J. Colyer, and Jason Manning. 2016. “Student Accountability in Team-Based Learning Classes.” Teaching Sociology 44(1): 28-38.

Stein, Rachel E. and Candace Griffith. 2015. “Resident and Police Perceptions of the Neighborhood: Implications for Community Policing.” Criminal Justice Policy Review Published Online.

Stein, Rachel E. 2014. “Neighborhood Residents’ Fear of Crime: A Tale of Three Cities.” Sociological Focus 47(2): 121-139. 

Courses Taught

  • SOCA 232 Criminology
  • SOCA 303 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOCA 324 Gender and Crime
  • SOCA 488 The Capstone Experience: Crime and Deviance in Amish Culture