Dr. Timothy C. Brown is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He joined the department in the summer of 2012. Prior to assuming his present position, Tim was an instructor in the Sociology Departments at the University of Houston and Rice University. He received his Ph.D. of Sociology with a concentration in Criminology from Louisiana State University in 2010. His dissertation research concentrated on the effects of changes in economic structure on social disorganization.
His research utilizes both sociological as well as criminological theory in his examination of crime and the criminal justice system. His primary research interests include gangs, corrections, deviance, ecological models of crime focusing on social capital, cultural criminology, and qualitative research methodology. One of Tim’s primary areas of research and intellectual interest is gangs in rural communities. This research investigates the unique aspects of rural communities and how they impact traditional gang processes. The goal of this research is to provide a thorough comparison of rural and urban gang realities. Another focus area of research for Dr. Brown examines the link between economic restructuring and patterns of social capital, crime, and social control. The key theoretical contribution of Tim’s research is a framework to explain how community structure conditions social relations among local residents, which in turn can have positive social implications, particularly an increased ability for communities to ameliorate crime via informal social control mechanisms. The goal of this research is to underscore how growing communities can better accommodate a growing population by utilizing voluntary associations to help integrate newcomers and to mitigate the negative effects of population turnover on crime in these communities.
His research has been published in such scholarly journals as: Deviant Behavior, Homicide Studies, The Social Science Journal, and Sociological Spectrum. He is currently working on projects focusing on urban youth gangs in a rural community, the financial literacy of incarcerated offenders, the relationship between alcohol serving establishments and neighborhood violent crime, among others. Tim Brown is also a member of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Science, the Southern Criminal Justice Association, and the Southern Sociological Society. Dr. Brown can be reached at (501) 569-3076 or firstname.lastname@example.org Please click here to view Dr. Brown’s Vita.