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Walter DeKeseredy, Ph.D.

Professor, Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director, Research Center on Violence - Sociology


Walter S. DeKeseredy is Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. He is also Adjunct Professor in Monash University’s Gender and Family Violence Prevention Center. DeKeseredy has published 29 books, over 140 scientific journal articles and close to 120 scholarly book chapters on violence against women and other social problems. In 2008, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma gave him the Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award. He also jointly received the 2004 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology's (ASC) Division on Women and Crime and the 2007 inaugural UOIT Research Excellence Award. In 1995, he received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the ASC’s Division on Critical Criminology & Social Justice (DCCSJ) and in 2008 the DCCSJ gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014, he received the Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences' (ACJS) Section on Critical Criminal Justice and in 2015, he received the Career Achievement Award from the ASC's Division on Victimology (DOV). In 2017, he received the Impact Award from the ACJS’s section on Victimology and the Robert Jerin Book of the Year Award from the ASC’s Division on Victimology. In 2022, he was named an ASC Fellow, received the Praxis Award from the DCCSJ, and received the 2022 Robert Jerin Book Award from the ASC’s DOV.

Selected Publications

DeKeseredy, W.S., Cowan, S., & Schwartz, M.D. (2023). Skating on Thin Ice: Professional Hockey, Rape Culture, & Violence Against Women. Toronto: AEVO University of Toronto Press. 


DeKeseredy, W.S. (2022). Contemporary Critical Criminology, 2nd ed. London: Routledge. 


DeKeseredy, W.S. (2021). Woman Abuse in Rural Places. London: Routledge. Winner of the 2022 Robert Jerin Book of the Year Award, American Society of Criminology’s Division on Victimology.

DeKeseredy, W.S. (2023). Sociological understandings of sexual assault: The legacy of Diana Scully. Violence Against Women. DOI: 10.1177/10778012231190900 


DeKeseredy, W.S., Ip, P.L., DeKeseredy, A. (2023). Moving beyond abstracted empiricism: Pursuing new directions in theorizing male-to-female sexual assault on university/college campuses. Critical Criminology. Critical Criminology. 


DeKeseredy, W.S., Cowan, S., & Schwartz, M.D. (2023). On thin ice: Toward a modified male peer support theory of professional hockey players’ violence against women. Sociology of Sport Journal. 


DeKeseredy, W.S., & Donnermeyer, J.F. (2023). A new theory of globalization, natural resource extraction and violence against women: Toward solving the linkage problem. Critical Criminology, 31, 61-81. 


DeKeseredy, W.S. (2022). Men’s rights, gun ownership, racism, and the assault on women’s reproductive health rights: Hidden connections. Dignity: A Journal of Analysis of Exploitation and Violence, 7(3). 


DeKeseredy, W.S., Pritchard, A.J., Stoneberg, D.M, & Nolan, J. (2022). Racial/ethnic variations in the polyvictimization of college women: Results from a large-scale campus climate survey. Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice.


DeKeseredy, W.S., Nolan, J. Stoneberg, D. M., & Turley, E. E. (2022). Estimating crime in rural America: The contribution of the first phase of the West Virginia community quality of life Survey. International Journal of Rural Criminology, 6, 237-251. 


Marganski, A.J., Melander, L.A., & DeKeseredy, W.S. (2021). Single, repeat, and poly intimate partner violence victimization among women at a college campus: Extending research through the inclusion of technology-facilitated violence and examining key social determinants for intimate partner violence victimization. Violence Against Women. DOI: 10.1177/10778012211037376. 


DeKeseredy, W.S. (2021). Male-to-female sexual violence in rural communities: A sociological review. Dignity: A Journal of Analysis of Exploitation and Violence, 6. DOI: 10.23860/dignity.2021.06.02.07. 

Courses Taught

SOCA 493A: SPTP: Violence Against Women