Simon, David R(eese) 1944-

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SIMON, David R(eese) 1944-

PERSONAL: Born June 3, 1944, in DeKalb, IL; son of Lewis Morris (a business owner) and Dorothy F. (a nurse) Simon; children: Molly A., Daniel A., Joshua M. Ethnicity: "Jewish." Education: University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1966; University of Kentucky, M.A., 1967; Rutgers University, Ph.D., 1975; University of California—Berkeley, postdoctoral study, 1983-84. Politics: "Left Social Democrat." Religion: Unitarian-Universalist. Hobbies and other interests: Baseball, politics, popular culture.

ADDRESSES: Home—3114 War Path Ct. E, Jacksonville, FL 32246. Offıce—Department of Political Science, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL 32224.

CAREER: Miami-Dade Junior College, Miami, FL, part-time instructor in political science and sociology, 1969-71; Rider College (now University), Lawrenceville, NJ, assistant professor of sociology, 1975-76; University of North Florida, Jacksonville, associate professor of sociology and criminal justice, 1976-86; San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, professor of criminal justice administration, public administration, and sociology, 1986-95; San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, professor of administration of justice, 1996-2002; University of North Florida, Jacksonville, adjunct professor of sociology and criminal justice and visiting assistant professor of political science, 2002—. University of California—Berkeley, research associate in sociology and linguistics, 1993—; Chapman University, Modesto Campus, visiting professor and chair of sociology and criminal justice, 1994-95; guest speaker at other institutions, including John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, 1995. Military service: U.S. Air Force, administrative officer, 1967-71; became captain.

MEMBER: American Society of Criminology, Society for the Study of Social Problems (chair of Division of Sociology and Social Welfare, 1992-95), Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

AWARDS, HONORS: Grant from National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 1983-84; Quest for the Best Faculty Award, San Diego State University, 1991.


Ideology and Sociology: Perspectives in ContemporarySocial Criticism, Academic Press of America (Washington, DC), 1977.

Elite Deviance, Allyn & Bacon (Boston, MA), 1982, 7th edition, 2002.

(With Joel Henderson) Crimes of the Criminal JusticeSystem, Anderson Publishing (Cincinnati, OH), 1994.

Social Problems and the Sociological Imagination: AParadigm for Analysis, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1995.

Private Troubles and Public Issues: Social Problems in the Postmodern Era, Harcourt Brace (Houston, TX), 1997.

(With Frank Hagen) White-Collar Deviance, Allyn & Bacon (Boston, MA), 1999.

Tony Soprano's America: The Criminal Side of theAmerican Dream, Westview Press (Boulder, CO), 2002.

Contributor to books, including Political Economy, edited by Scott McNall, Scott, Foresman (Chicago, IL), 1981; Watergate and Afterward: The Legacy of the Nixon Presidency, edited by L. Friedman and W. F. Levantrosser, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1992; and Controversies in White-Collar Crime, edited by Gary Potter, Anderson Publishing (Cincinnati, OH), 2002. Author of "Third Opinion," a weekly column in Jacksonville Beach Weekly, 1977-79. Contributor to periodicals, including Progressive, Qualitative Sociology, Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Drug Issues, International Review of Modern Sociology, Criminal Justice Journal, Justice Professional, and Behavioral Science Quarterly. Editor at large, Quarterly Journal of Ideology, 1977-82; member of editorial board, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Criminal Justice Ethics: A Critical Approach; Moral Decline in America; research on "what the media is doing to us" and "the truth about true crime."

SIDELIGHTS: David R. Simon told CA: "Ever since I read the works of C. Wright Mills, I have wanted to be a social critic. The publication of Tony Soprano's America: The Criminal Side of the American Dream represented the culmination of thirty years of study in the literature on social criticism and American social character. I now have an agenda that features several more books on these topics, and I look forward to completing it."