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Dr. Morris earned a BS in Economics at the University of Illinois, Chicago; a MS in Sociology at Purdue University; and a Ph.D. in Sociology at Mississippi State University. Teaching interests include theory and philosophy of crime and research methodology. Past research interests include American Indians and crime, animal protection and pet relinquishment, climate and crime, and spatial analyses of crime. He has published in various peer reviewed journals including Crime and Delinquency, Sociological Inquiry, Western Criminological Review, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, and The Social Science Journal. Current research centers on Green Criminology, including a documentary on climate change and sea level rise in Kiribati as well as the production of a documentary on Bolivia’s Constitutional “Law of Nature”.
Prior to his academic career, Dr. Morris was Program Director for the Maryland Sheriff’s Youth Ranch. He serves as a research associate for Stanislaus County Probation and the District Attorney Office in a multi-year evaluation of the county’s Domestic Violence programming. He has provided spatial analyses of crime reporting for the Sacramento Police Department. His career interests and professional development has taken him to over fifty countries spanning all seven continents.