Academic Bio for Kenneth H. Laundra, Ph.D.

Kenneth Laundra is a professor of sociology at Millikin University, specializing in the areas of criminology, deviance, delinquency, social problems and environmental sociology.  He obtained his Ph.D. in sociology at Utah State University in 1999 with an emphasis in criminology, social problems and environmental sociology. He has an M.A. in sociology from Central Michigan University and a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University. He has taught sociology at the University of Portland, Grand Valley State University, Southern Utah University, Utah State University, and Michigan State University.

Dr. Laundra’s dissertation research deals with gender differences in delinquency and he has since published in the area of restorative justice, delinquency, diversity, and racial bias in academic testing. He was awarded Outstanding Paper at the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, Social Sciences Division (Spring 2004) for his paper, Gendered Effects of Meditation on Juvenile Delinquents and has published a book on the subject of rural delinquency entitled Freeland: Delinquency in Rural America. He is currently researching and writing in the field of environmental sociology, including a visual sociology project onillegal dumping sites on public lands, decentralization among the Earth First! movement, and has recently presented findings of a Portland Parks & Recreation study conducted (as a service-learning project in his Environmental Sociology course) in early 2009 to assess multiple-use impacts in a  local community park. He has presented over 30 papers at professional conferences.

In 2012, he received a state grant to conduct research on restorative justice in the Decatur, Illinois Teen Court program and has since published findings of this study in Juvenile and  Family Law Court Journal. In 2005, he co-founded the Southern Utah Recycling Coalition, receiving an EPA grant to facilitate the first citywide recycling program in Cedar City, Utah. At Millikin University, Dr. Laundra has co-founded interdisciplinary minors in both criminal justice and environmental studies.

He has also received university funding for service-learning research devoted to assessing learning outcomes of community-based learning in the classroom. He integrates service-learning in the classroom through community-based practicums, immersion courses, and field excursions such as the University of Portland’s Moreau Service & Learning Center’s Environmental Justice Plunge, 2007. He has guest lectured for numerous student groups, and received departmental teaching awards and university nominations for excellence in teaching. Dr. Laundra has acted as faculty advisor to a number of student organizations, including Good People (secular student alliance), Sigma Beta Lambda (multicultural fraternity), Faculty Advocate for Student Senate, Earth Club and the Environmental Action Council, PRIDE club (gay/lesbian support group), Sociology Club & AKD (sociology fraternity), Polynesian Club and Black Student Union. He has also served on a wide range of university committees including Committee on Students & Academic Standards, University Studies Coordinating Committee, and was a presidential appointment to the Southern Utah University Student Affairs/Retention Committee.

Dr. Laundra has served as Chair of the Social Sciences Division at Millikin University, and as editor for the Online Journal of Rural Research and Policy. His advocacy work includes theSouthern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Focus the Nation (climate change consortium),, Occupy Wall Street/Chicago, and vice-president of Friends of Pier Park in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Laundra is a member of the Illinois Sociological Association, Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, and the American Sociological Association.

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