Michael Rocque is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Bates College, Lewiston Maine. His research interests are life-course criminology, corrections, and violence. He is the author of several books, including Great Debates in Criminology with Chad Posick. Rocque is the former director of research at the Maine Department of Corrections and is interested in improving the practice of risk assessment.
Explores the role of theory and research in criminology. Adopts a unique and refreshing approach to criminological theory and focuses on the great debates in criminology from its inception as a field to the present day. Explores the debates that have motivated criminological thought, that have represented turning points in theoretical and empirical trajectories, that have offered mini-paradigm shifts, and that have moved the field forward.
Reviews the literature on school rampage shootings. Finds that the media has over reacted to these types of shootings and that schools remain safe places for children. Several explanations for school shootings are described but each has shortcomings.
Examines whether racial disparities in school discipline can be explained by wayward behavior. Even taking “acting out” into consideration, African-Americans are still more likely to be punished than other groups.