School of Criminal Justice Colloquium

April 8, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Colloquium Speaker Derek KreagerThe School Of Criminal Justice invites you to attend a Colloquium by Derek Kreager on “Where ‘Old Heads’ Prevail: Informal Social Status in a Prison Unit”.

Bio:  Dr. Derek Kreager is an associate professor of Sociology and Criminology at Pennsylvania State University.  He earned his PhD in sociology at the University of Washington in 2006. His research is concerned with crime and delinquency, peer processes, romantic relationships, and social networks. The American Society of Criminology has recognized Dr. Kreager’s work with three major distinctions: 2004 Gene Carte Student Paper Award, 2006 Outstanding Article Award, and 2011 Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award. His research has been published in the American Sociological Review, Criminology, and Social Problems, and it has been funded by NIH, NSF, and the William T. Grant Foundation.

Abstract: Using a mixed methods design, the Prison Inmates Networks Study (PINS) gathered detailed longitudinal social network data, formal prison records, and open-ended narratives from 70% (N=144) of male inmates confined in a single unit of medium-security prison. The presentation overviews the patterns observed in PINS, and connects these to longstanding hypotheses for prison social structure. It concludes with an introduction of upcoming project extensions and the challenges facing prison research.


DATE:      Friday, April 8, 2016
TIME:      10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE:  655 Auditorium Road, Baker Hall Rm 555
RSVP:      Tresa Beardslee (
FLYER:    CLICK HERE (pdf format)

RSVP Deadline is Wednesday April 06, 2016.