Robert Heiner

Robert Heiner

Professor Emeritus
Phone: (603) 535-2507
Office: Justice & Security, Rounds Hall, MSC 39, Plymouth, NH 03264

About Robert Heiner

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

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

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