Stephen Young
Old Dominion University

Stephen Toppings Young recently defended his dissertation in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. He will be an Assistant Professor for the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Marshall University beginning in August. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Marshall University in Criminal Justice and Psychology in 2010, along with his Master’s Degree in Criminology in 2012.  His research interests include rural criminology, juvenile delinquency (with emphasis on rural populations) and the relationship between crime and the media.  His current projects revolve around the use of the “white trash” label to enforce punitive policies against rural populations and the media’s impact on socially exclusionary processes in rural populations.