Kennon Rice, Ph.D. – Albright College

Kennon Rice, Ph.D.

Kennon Rice, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Urban Affairs program
Selwyn Hall 205

North Carolina State University


After growing up in Northeastern Ohio, Kennon Rice earned his B.S. at Westminster College in Western Pennsylvania and his M.S. and Ph.D. at North Carolina State University. His career at Albright has been a triumph of his love of small, private, residential, liberal arts colleges and their students. His specialties are in criminology and inequality issues, and he is the founder and director of the Urban Affairs program at Albright College. He especially enjoys partnering in scholarship with local government and non-profits, as well as with his students. Nonetheless, his professional interests are far-reaching, covering both qualitative and quantitative research methods and applying sociology to almost any subject. When not engaged with his career he enjoys spending time outdoors and restoring his historic home and property.

Areas of Expertise

Ecological criminal analysis
Stratification (issues of race, class, gender)
Urban change

Areas of Research

Selected Professional Activity & Publication

Osgood, David, Lawrence Morris, and Kennon Rice. 2009. “How Can An Interdisciplinary Research Program Be Managed Effectively?” Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly 30(2): 16-20.

Rice, Kennon, and William R. Smith. 2002. “Socio-Ecological Models of Automotive Theft: Integrating Routine Activity and Social Disorganization Theory.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. 39(3): 304-336.

Rice, Kennon. 1998. “Socio-Ecological Associations of Automotive Theft: An Integrated Model of Routine Activity and Social Disorganization Approaches.” Master’s thesis, North Carolina State University Press, Raleigh, NC.

Courses Taught

FYS100 The Sociology of Higher Education

SOC101 Introduction to Sociology

SOC210 Research Methods

SOC262 Social Stratification

SOC310 Juvenile Delinquency

SOC360 Crime and the Media

SOC383 Traditional Arts in Ireland

SOC440 Ethnographies in Crime and Deviance

SOC450 White-Collar Crime/Elite Deviance

SOC490 Senior Seminar in Sociology and Anthropology

URB490 Senior Seminar in Urban Affairs