Mark Leymon – Research Spotlight
Understand Dr. Leymon’s research and how he uses his sociology background in the field of criminology and criminal justice.
My name Mark Leymon. I am considered a critical criminologist which means that I study the intersection of the economy, politics and social structures like race and ethnicity and I look at how those influence criminal justice policies or formation of criminal justice policies and how they are applied to different populations.
00:30 I am also a research methodologist. I look at criminal justice methods so I look at developing new methods in particular quantitative methods so statistics and developing usages for procedures.
I decided to pursue a career in criminology and criminal justice; actually, I was an undergraduate. I actually went to school wanting to be a school teacher. I went in there taking psychology courses and Ed courses and stumbled into a criminology course.
01:03 I took it thinking it would just be a required course and I just get it over with. But it really — it resonated with me. I got really excited about it. I got excited about learning about criminal justice system. I got excited about learning about criminal behavior and how behavior and justice interact with each other. And so I started taking a few other courses just out of interest and before I knew it, I was changing my degree to criminology and criminal justice.
01:30 So I was really looking to intermixes and so I was looking — when I went to graduate school, I was looking for programs where I could really bring that psychology and sociology background to criminology and criminal justice, and so I ultimately got a degree in sociology, but I always wanted to study crime and justice and look at how social structures influence crime and justice.