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Russell L. Curtis, Jr.

Russell L. Curtis, Jr.


Phone: (713)743-3951
Office: 474 Philip G. Hoffman Hall
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Ph.D., Sociology, University of North Carolina
M.A., Sociology, Kent State University
B.A., Sociology, West Virginia University

Research Interests

  • Organizations (human service organizations, including criminal justice settings, schools and other educational organizations; commitment mechanisms in social movements)
  • Social movements and collective behavior
  • Social psychology (identity transformations especially in organizational
    settings; self-image; models of motivation)
  • Socialization (identity acquisition and transformation in organizations and throughout the the life-cycle)
  • Sociology of sport (contexts of individual and organizational sport activities)


  • Alcoholism, Addiction, and Recovery
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Movements and Collective Behavior
  • Sociology of Sports
  • Graduate Seminar in Formal Organizations
  • Graduate Seminar in Social Psychology

Selected Publications

  • Leung, Patrick, Russell L. Curtis, Jr., Susan Mapp. 2010. “Incidences of Sexual Contacts of Children: Impacts of Family Characteristics and Family Structure from a National Sample.” Children and Youth Services Review 32(5): 650-656.
  • Avelardo Valdez, Charles Kaplan, and Russell L. Curtis, Jr.  2007. “Aggressive Crime, Substance Use and Underclass Characteristics in 24 United States Urban Areas: A Multi-Level Analysis.” American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 33(4): 595-603.
  • Demetrius W. Pearson, Russell L. Curtis, Jr., C. Allen Haney, and James J. Zhang. 2003. “Sport Films: Social Dimensions Over Time, 1930-1995.” Journal of Sport and Social Issues 27(2): 145-161.
  • Eschbach,Karl., Russell L. Curtis, Jr. and Patrick Leung. 2002. “Explorations of Types of Prepubertal Touching and Later Incarcerations: A Research Note in Response to Ryan.” Child Abuse and Neglect 26(1): 5-10.
  • Curtis, Russell L. Jr., Patrick Leung, E. Sullivan, Karl Eschbach, and M. Stinson. 2001. “Outcomes of Child Sexual contacts: Patterns of Incarcerations from a National Sample.” Child Abuse: and Neglect 25: 719-736.
  • Pearson, Demetrius, C. Allen Haney, Rusell L. Curtis, Jr. and James J. Zhang. 2001. “Social Change and Sport Films: Shifts in Content Across Cultural Eras 1930-1998.” International Sports Journal 5(2): 136-152.