Robert Heiner

HeinerProfessor of Anthropology-Sociology

BA, University of Virginia; MS, Florida State University; PhD, University of Virginia

Office: Memorial Hall 102
Phone: 603-535-2507

Spring Office Hours:  On sabbatical Spring 2016

About Professor Heiner

Since Bob Heiner was a kid he was interested in crime and this interest eventuated in a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Virginia, where he studied under the renowned criminologist Gresham Sykes. After receiving his doctorate, he taught for three years for the University of Maryland on U.S. military bases overseas in South Korea, Japan and Germany. Today, his academic interests are not so much in crime, per se, but in how societies react to crime and deviance. He is also interested in issues dealing with inequality and in corporate influence in governmental affairs. Both his teaching and research bear a strong cross-cultural emphasis. Included in my teaching philosophy is the hope that our students here at Plymouth State (and everywhere) will learn about the plight of those less fortunate than themselves and will want to make the world a better place. Most people don’t realize how much social change has been brought about in the world over the last half a century by college students.

Published works include

  • Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism, 4th edition, Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • “Cross-cultural and historical method,” The Routledge Handbook of Deviant Behavior, Clifton Bryant, ed., Routledge, 2011.
  • Conflicting Interests: Readings in Social Problems and Inequality, Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Deviance Across Cultures (an anthology), Oxford University Press, 2007 (2nd edition forthcoming 2013).

Courses Taught

  • CJ 3090           Criminology
  • SO 3090          Criminology
  • SO 2220          Foundations of Sociology
  • SO 2380          Social problems
  • SO 3180          Sociology of Deviance
  • SO 3380          Drugs and Society
  • SO 3500          Illness, Wellness and Healing

Contact Us

Department of Criminal Justice

Hyde Hall 334

Phone: (603) 535-2233
(Dawn Boynton, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: (603) 535-2943

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC 59
Plymouth, NH 03264

Our Students

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