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Michael Ostrowsky - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Michael Ostrowsky Michael Ostrowsky

Associate Professor of Sociology | Southern Utah University

Cedar City, UT, UNITED STATES

Specializing in criminology theory, drug use, deviance, violent behavior and sociology of sports

Biography

Dr. Michael Ostrowsky is an associate professor of sociology at Southern Utah University. His research focuses on crime, criminology theory, violent behavior, drug use, and self-esteem.

Dr. Ostrowsky has been teaching at SUU since 2007. He teaches courses in deviance, sociology of education, juvenile delinquency, modern social problems, sociology of drugs, social psychology, and the sociology of sports.

Dr. Ostrowsky earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, a masters in sociology from Florida Atlantic University and a Ph.D. in sociology from University at Albany, SUNY.

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Industry Expertise (3)

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Areas of Expertise (9)

Applied Research Sociology Juvenile Delinquency Self Esteem Violent Behavior Crime Criminology Drug Abuse Sociology of Sports

Education (3)

University of Albany, SUNY: Ph.D., Sociology

Florida Atlantic University: M.A., Sociology

University of Massachusetts at Amherst: B.A., Psychology

Affiliations (5)

  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
  • International Sociology of Sport Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • Pacific Sociological Association
  • American Society of Criminology

Media Appearances (1)

Sheriff Stanek's marijuana comments confuse correlation and causation

MinnPost  online

2013-09-20

Actually, the relationship between marijuana and violent crime is still very much up in the air, scientifically speaking. That’s the clear message from a long but painstakingly thorough paper on the topic that was published in the Journal of Drug Education in 2011.

In the paper, Southern Utah University sociologist Michael Ostrowky reviews the leading theories and key research on the relationship between marijuana use and aggressive/violent behavior.

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Articles (3)

Sports Fans, Alcohol Use, and Violent Behavior: A Sociological Review Trauma, Violence and Abuse

2016-08-31

This review makes four contributions to the sociological study of sports fans, alcohol use, and violent behavior. First, this article focuses explicitly on the relationship between alcohol use and violent behavior among sports fans. This is a worldwide social problem, yet it is quite understudied. Second, this article synthesizes the fragmented literature on alcohol use and violent behavior among sports fans. Third, this article identifies four broad sets of risk factors-sociocultural, event/venue, police, and crowd-that appear to be closely related to violent behavior among sports fans. Finally, to help explain the possible correlation between alcohol and violence among sports fans, this article draws upon the key understandings from the literature on alcohol and violence in wider society. The article concludes with suggestions for future research.

Taco the Puppy is Super Sick: Student Excuses as a Unique Form of Apologia Rhetoric Relevant Rhetoric

Kevin Stein and Michael Ostrowsky

2016-01-01

College students use a plethora of excuses in their interactions with professors in order to accomplish​ various goals, such as securing more time to complete an assignment or to obtain a reprieve for an absence. But why? Simply put, some students attempt to limit their responsibility for the negative behaviors necessitating the excuse. Our focus is not on whether the excuse is true, but rather to understand the manner in which students construct messages so that they function to account for their undesirable classroom behaviors.

Does Marijuana Use Lead to Aggression and Violent Behavior? Journal of Drug Education

2012-02-06

Marijuana use and violent behavior are causing widespread public concern. This article reviews theory and research on the relation between marijuana use and aggressive/violent behavior. It is evident from the inconsistent findings in the literature that the exact nature of the relation remains unclear. This article identifies several possible reasons for these contradictory findings and provides suggestions for future research. In particular, more research is needed on the different subtypes of aggressive behavior. Further research is also needed to elucidate the associations between gender, marijuana use, and violent behavior. Likewise, an important task for future research is to continue to tease apart the complex relations between gang involvement, marijuana use, and violent behavior. Longitudinal studies also warrant further investigation. Moreover, future research should control for several potentially confounding variables.

Courses (9)

SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology

Designed to give students a foundation for all future sociological studies. Develops an understanding of the role of social organization on human interaction. Introduces definitions, terms, and concepts used in sociological literature.

SOC 3150 Sociology of Drugs

This introduction to the key terms, concepts, and theoretical perspectives of the sociology of drugs and drug use will broaden students’ understanding of the meaning and impact of drugs on society.

SOC 3270 Sociology of Sports

An introduction to the key terms, concepts, and theoretical perspectives of the sociology of sports will broaden students’ understanding of the meaning and impact of sports on culture and society.

SOC 3300 Sociology of Education

This course analyzes the school as a social organization. Among topics considered are power and control in the school classroom organization and procedures and their relation to learning; roles of educators; and relations between school and community.

SOC 3350 Social Psychology

This course provides students with a systematic introduction to sociological social psychology. Both sociological and psychological approaches are considered, before specifically addressing the theoretical and empirical studies of symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, and postmodern social psychology.

SOC 3450 Applied Research Methods

This course provides students with a firm grasp of the quantitative and qualitative research methods commonly used in the social sciences, enables students to execute their own worthwhile research projects, and helps students be informed consumers of research.

SOC 3500 Deviance

This course is an exploration of social deviance as evidenced in subcultures in American society. It is designed to apply major criminological and deviance theories to modern day deviant groups, while contextually examining the construction of deviant identities in relation to mainstream values.

SOC 3610 Juvenile Delinquency

This course is an exploration of past and current delinquency theories, trends and issues. Topics included in this course are an extensive review of theory, female delinquency, gangs, the juvenile justice system, police and juveniles, the role of family, peers, schools, and drugs on delinquency and juvenile corrections today.

SOC 3700 Crime & Society

This course is a survey and exploration of crime including a review of classic and contemporary criminological theories, trends in crime, and a brief historical overview. Specific topics will include property crimes, violent crimes and hate crimes, white-collar crimes, organized crime and police discretion. The criminal justice system will be explored as a process, focusing on the U.S. correctional system today, the prison system, and alternatives to prison.

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