Joseph Michalski

 Joseph Michalski

Joseph Michalski


Office: DL201
Phone: 4439

Dr. Michalski has taught at King’s since 2003. He has been the Chair of the Department of Sociology (2011-2015) and Associate Academic Dean (2016-2019). His main intellectual interest involves the development of integrated theories of human behavior rooted in the combination of social, cultural, and psychological determinants.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology – University of Virginia
  • M.A. in Sociology – University of Virginia
  • B.A. in Sociology – George Mason University


Introduction to Sociology, Statistics, Research Methods, Criminology, Youth in Conflict with the Law, Sociology of Corrections, Sociology of Law, Hate Crime, Violence in Cultural Perspective, Sociology of Terrorism, Family Conflict and Violence, Domestic Violence, Crime and Deviance in the Workplace, Work and Industry


Criminology, Domestic Violence, Terrorism, Social Control, Law, Theory, Social Inequality, Family, Science, Knowledge, Education, Cross-Cultural Analysis, Applied Research, Music

Selected Publications

Journal Articles and Monographs (Past Five Years)

(2020) “Defining Behavior and Its Relationship to the Science of Psychology.” Forthcoming, Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science. (Co-author with Gregg Henriques). DOI: 10.1007/ s12124-019-09504-4.

(2019) “Terrorism and Lethal Moralism in the United States and United Kingdom, 1970-2017.” British Journal of Sociology 70(5): 1681-1708.

(2019) “The Challenge of Redefining the Imprisoned Self as an Artist: The Pedagogical Rituals of a Prison Arts Instructor.” The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice 58(1): 65-85.

(2019) “The Tree of Knowledge System: A New Metatheoretical Map for Big History.” Journal of Big History III(4): 1-17. (Co-author with Gregg Henriques, Steven Quackenbush, and Waldemar Schmidt).

(2018) Sociological Theory, Methods, and Perspectives. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers (ISBN: 978-1-53613-514-5).

(2018) “A Post-Truth Predicament?” Pp. ix-xxiii in Sociological Theory, Methods, and Perspectives, edited by J. H. Michalski. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

(2018) “The Indolent Science.” Pp. 1-30 in Sociological Theory, Methods, and Perspectives, edited by J. H. Michalski. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

(2018) “A Gendered Analysis of Violent Victimization: Theories, Methods, and Social Contexts.” Pp.121-158 in Sociological Theory, Methods, and Perspectives, edited by J. H. Michalski. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. (Co-author with Jennifer Reynolds).

(2018) “Family Poverty in Canada: Correlates, Coping Strategies and Consequences.” Pp. 201-224 in Canadian Families Today: New Perspectives, edited by P. Albanese. Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press. (Co-author with Don Kerr).

(2017) “Status Hierarchies and Hegemonic Masculinity: A General Theory of Prison Violence.” British Journal of Criminology 57(1): 40-60.

(2017) “Scientific Partisanship: The Social Geometry of Intellectual Support.” Canadian Review of Sociology 54(2): 147-173.

(2017) “An Integrated Theory of Lethal Punishment: Social Geometry, Status Relationships, and the Dehumanization Process.” Comparative Sociology 16(2): 248-283.

(2017) “The Cumulative Disadvantages of Socially Toxic Family Environments: A Comparison of Early Life Experiences of Incarcerated Men and University Students.” European Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 2(2): 1-16.

(2017) “Mental Health Issues and the Canadian Criminal Justice System.” Contemporary Justice Review 20(1): 2-25.

(2017) “The Diversity Challenge for Higher Education in Canada: The Prospects and Challenges of Increased Access and Student Success.” Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 39: 66-89. (Co-author with Tracy Cunningham and Joe Henry).

(2016) “The Epistemological Diversity of Canadian Sociology.” Canadian Journal of Sociology 41(4): 525-556.

(2016) “The Sociological Usages of ‘Pure Sociology’: The Perpetual Quest to Establish Disciplinary Boundaries in the Pursuit of Academic Legitimacy.” The American Sociologist 47: 319-343.

(2016) “Overcoming Sociological Naïveté in the Animal Rights Movement.” Theory in Action 9(1): 52-82.

(2016) “Ritualistic Rape in Sociological Perspective.” Cross-Cultural Research 50(1): 3-33.

(2016) “The Tyranny of the Majority: A Case Study of Intellectual Exclusion in Sociology.” Pp. 89-105 in What to Expect and How to Respond: Distress and Success in Academia, edited by E. Wright II and T. Calhoun. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

(2015) “The Social Geometries of Rape.” Comparative Sociology 14(6): 751-789.