A. Javier Trevino

Professor of Sociology


Knapton 303

Fall 2017 MW 2:00-3:00; F 11:30-12;30 and by appointment

(508) 286-3656

(508) 286-3640


Main Interests

Social Theory; Sociology of Law; Deviance and Social Control; Criminology.

Other Interests

Consultant, Department Resources Group, American Sociological Association, 2012-,
President, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2010-2011,
Fulbright Scholar, Republic of Moldova, 2009
Visiting Research Fellow, University of Sussex, UK, 2006
President, Justice Studies Association, 2000-2002
General Editor of the Social Thinkers Series, SAGE Publications,
General Editor of the Law, Culture & Society Series, Transaction Publishers,


Ph.D., Boston College
M.A., Northern Arizona University
B.A., University of North Texas

Research Interests

I’m currently writing a book on Talcott Parsons and psychoanalysis.

Teaching Interests

I teach courses in Sociological Theory, Sociology of Law, Criminology, Deviance and Social Control, Latino Communities.



Investigating Social Problems, Second edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications (2018).



Cover image: C. Wright Mills and the Cuban Revolution: An Exercise in the Art of Sociological Imagination (Envisioning Cuba) C. Wright Mills and the Cuban Revolution: An Exercise in the Art of Sociological Imagination.The University of North Carolina Press (2017).
Image of cover: The Development of Sociological Theory The Development of Sociological Theory: Readings from the Enlightenment to the Present. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. (2017).
Anthem Companion to Talcott Parsons (editor).London: Anthem Press (2016).
- Investigating Social Problems. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. (2014).
book_service-sociology-and-academic-engagement Service Sociology and Academic Engagement in Social Problems (edited with Karen M. McCormack). Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing (2014).
-The Social Thought of C. Wright Mills. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications (2011).
-Classic Writings in Law and Society. Second edition, Revised and Expanded. (editor). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers (2010).
-Talcott Parsons on Law and the Legal System (editor). Newcastle, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2008).
-Classic Writings in Law and Society: Contemporary Comments and Criticisms (editor). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers (2007).
-George C. Homans: History, Theory, and Method (editor). Foreword by Charles Tilly. Boulder, Col: Paradigm Publishers (2006).
-Understanding Crime: A Multidisciplinary Approach (with Susan Guarino-Ghezzi). Foreword by Albert K. Cohen. Cincinnati, Ohio: Anderson Publishing/Lexis Nexis (2005).
-Goffman’s Legacy (editor). Foreword by Charles Lemert. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield (2003).
-Talcott Parsons Today: His Theory and Legacy in Contemporary Sociology (editor). Foreword by Neil J. Smelser. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield (2001).
-The Sociology of Law: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives. New York: St. Martin’s Press (1996). Reissued with a New Introduction. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers (2008).
-The Sociology of Law: A Bibliography of Theoretical Literature. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, Fourth edition (2008).
Articles and Book Chapters

“Mills, C.W. (1916-62) on Ethnicity and Puerto Ricans,” Pp. 1-2 in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism, edited by John Stone et al. New York: John Wiley and Sons.

“Parsons, Psychoanalysis, and the Therapeutic Relationship,” Pp. 73-90 in The Anthem Companion to Talcott Parsons edited by A. Javier Treviño. London: Anthem Press (2016).

“Mills, C(harles) Wright (1916-62),” Pp. 533-38 in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol. 15, editor-in-chief James D. Wright. Oxford: Elsevier (2015).

“William Graham Sumner’s Proto-Sociology of Law,” Pp. 13-34 in On Folkways and Mores: William Graham Sumner Then and Now, edited by Philip D. Manning. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers (2015)

“C. Wright Mills as Designer: Personal Practice and Two Public Talks,” The American Sociologist Vol. 45, No. 4, Pp. 335-60 (2014).

“The Continuing Relevance of the Classics for Contemporary Sociology of Law: The American Context,” in Jurisprudence: Journal of Higher Education Establishments Vol. 5 No. 310, Pp 26-47. Saint Petersburg State University Faculty of Law. Saint Petersburg, Russia (2013).

“C. Wright Mills as Designer, Craftsman, and Stylist,” Pp. 213-15 in C. Wright Mills and the Sociological Imagination: Contemporary Perspectives, edited by John Scott and Ann Nilsen. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar (2013)

“Sociological Jurisprudence,” Pp. 35-51 in Law and Social Theory, edited by Reza Banakar and Max Travers. Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing (2013).

“On the Facilitating Actions of Service Sociology” Journal of Applied Social Science Vol. 7, No. 1, Pp. 95-109 (2013).

“The Challenge of Service Sociology” Social Problems Vol. 59, No. 1, Pp. 2-20 (2012).

“Teaching and Learning Service Sociology,” in Teaching/Learning Matters (Newsletter for the American Sociological Association’s section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology) Vol. 40, No. 1, Pp. 4-6 (Summer 2011).

Introduction,” Pp. ix-xxviii in Law and Morality, by Leon Petrazycki. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers (2011).

“The Symbol and Substance of C. Wright Mills,” in Sociology Vol. 44, No. 3, Pp. 577-83 (2010).

“Trust and Civil Dialogue in Democratic Society,” Pp. 64-71 in Challenges of Democracy, edited by Elena Crestianicov. Chisinau, Republic of Moldova: Moldova State University Press (2010).

“Introduction,” Pp. ix-xxvi in The Institutions of Private Law and their Social Functions, by Karl Renner. New Bruswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers (2010).

“The Place of Law in Talcott Parsons’s American Societal Community,” Pp. 167-94 in Talcott Parsons: A Collection of Essays in Honour of Talcott Parsons, edited by Christopher Hart. Cheshire, UK: Midrash Publications (2009).

“George C. Homans, the Human Group, and Elementary Social Behaviour,” in The Encyclopaedia of Informal Education, online at, http://www.infed.org/thinkers/george_homans.htm (2009).

“What’s So Critical About Critical Race Theory? (with Michelle A. Harris and Derron Wallace) in Contemporary Justice Review Vol. 11, No. 1, Pp. 7-10 (2008).

“Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.,” “C. Wright Mills,” “Talcott Parsons,” “Roscoe Pound,” “Nicholas S. Timasheff,” in Encyclopedia of Law and Society: American and Global Perspectives edited by David S. Clark. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications (2007).

“Introduction: The Sentiments and Activities of George C. Homans,” Pp. 1-42 in George C. Homans: History, Theory, and Method edited by A. Javier Trevino. Boulder, Col.: Paradigm Publishers (2006).

“Functional imperatives/prerequisites (AGIL),” Pp. 293-295 in International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology edited by Jens Beckert and Milan Zafirovski. London: Routledge (2006).

“Introduction,” Pp. xxi-xxxiii in General Theory of Law and State by Hans Kelsen New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers (2005).

“Parsons’s Action-System Requisite Model and Weber’s Elective Affinity: A Convergence of Convenience,” in Journal of Classical Sociology Vol. 5, No. 3, Pp. 319-348, (2005).

“Sociological Perspectives on Crime” Pp. 23-54 in Understanding Crime: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Cincinnati, Ohio: LexisNexis/Anderson Publishing, (2005).

“Introduction: A Multidisciplined Approach to Crime” (with Susan-Guarino-Ghezzi), Pp. 1-21 in Understanding Crime: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Cincinnati, Ohio: LexisNexis/Anderson Publishing, (2005).

“Cesare Beccaria,” Pp. 97-98; “Jeremy Bentham,” Pp. 100-102; “Prohibition,” 1315-1318 in Encyclopedia of Criminology edited by Richard A. Wright and J. Mitchell Miller. New York: Routledge, (2005).

“The Influence of C. Wright Mills on Students for a Democratic Society,” Pp. 95-115; “The Hispanic Writings of C. Wright Mills,” Pp. 185-218 in C. Wright Mills: Three Volumes edited by Stanley Aronowitz. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications (2004).

“Remembering George Washington on the Rio Grande,” Pp. 35-47 in Storytelling Sociology: Narrative as Social Inquiry edited by Ronald J. Berger and Richard Quinney. Boulder, Col.: Lynne Rienner Publishers (2005).

“Introduction: Erving Goffman and the Interaction Order” Pp. 1-49 in Goffman’s Legacy edited by A. Javier Trevino. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield (2003).

“Sociological Theory at the Crossroads” in Contemporary Sociology Vol. 32, No. 3, Pp. 282-288, (2003).

“Introduction” Pp. ix-xxxix in An Introduction to the Sociology of Law by Nicholas S. Timasheff. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers (2001).

“The Sociology of Law in Global Perspective” in The American Sociologist Vol. 32. No. 2, Pp. 5-9, (2001).

“Introduction: The Theory and Legacy of Talcott Parsons,” Pp. xv-lviii in Talcott Parsons Today: His Theory and Legacy in Contemporary Sociology edited by A. Javier Trevino. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield (2001).

“Introduction,” Pp. ix-xxi, in The Social Reality of Crime by Richard Quinney. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers (2001).

“Truth and Environmental Justice in the Woburn Toxic Waste Case,” in Contemporary Justice Review Vol. 3, Issue 3, Pp. 335-343 (2000).

“On Durkheim’s Religion and Simmel’s Religiosity,” reprinted in The Living Legacy of Marx, Durkheim & Weber: Applications and Analyses of Classical Sociological Theory by Modern Social Scientists Vol. II, Pp. 471-485. Edited by Richard Altschuler. New York: Gordian Knot Books (2000).

“Sharing Democracy’s Community,” in Society Vol. 37, No. 5, Pp. 78-84 (2000).

“Criminal Justice Contra Racial Justice,” in Contemporary Justice Review Vol. 2, Issue 3, Pp. 327-347 (1999).

“Baseball, Nationalism, and the Two Laredos,” in Qualitative Sociology Vol. 22, No. 3, Pp. 269-274 (1999).

“Images of Justice in Nineteenth Century Anglo-American Literature: An Archetypal Analysis of Two Great Books,” in Contemporary Justice Review Vol. 1, Nos. 2-3, Pp. 277-295 (1998).

“The Influence of C. Wright Mills on Students for a Democratic Society: An Interview with Bob Ross,” (with Robert J.S. Ross) in Humanity and Society Vol. 22, No. 3, Pp. 260-277 (1998).

“Toward a General Theoretical-Methodological Framework for the Sociology of Law: Another Look at the Eastern European Pioneers,” in Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance Vol. 1., Pp. 155-202. Jeffery T. Ulmer (ed.). Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI Press. (1998)

“Nine Law and Society / Sociology of Law Textbooks and Readers for the 1990s: A Comparative Review,” in Teaching Sociology Vol. 26, No. 4, Pp. 354-380, (1998).

“On Durkheim’s Religion and Simmel’s Religiosity,” in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion Vol. 37, No. 1, Pp. 191-196 (1998).

“Teaching College Students in Postmodern Society, or Whatever” in SSSP Newsletter Vol. 29, No.1, Pp. 30-33 (1998).

“The Hispanic Writings of C. Wright Mills: A Study in Social Psychology,” in The American Sociologist Vol. 28, No. 3, Pp. 29-56 (1997).

“Mills, Mass Society, and Media Markets,” in Sociological Imagination Vol. 34, Nos. 2-3, Pp. 155-180 (1997).

“Introduction,” Pp. vii – xlix, in Social Control Through Law by Roscoe Pound. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers (1997).

“What Happened to the New Sociology?,” in Sociological Imagination Vol. 33, Nos. 3-4, Pp. 177-190 (1996).

“The Place of a General Theory of Law in Social Problems Inquiry: A Marxist-Oriented Approach,” in Perspectives on Social Problems Vol. 8, Pp. 199-248. James A. Holstein and Gale Miller (eds.). Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI Press (1996).

“The Politics of Culture: A Reply to Murray Wax,” in Sociological Imagination Vol. 32, No. 2, Pp. 126-132 (1995).

“The Influence of Sociology on American Jurisprudence: From Oliver Wendell Holmes to Critical Legal Studies,” in Mid-American Review of Sociology Vol. 18, Nos. 1, Pp. 23-46 (1994).

“Interviewing Women: Researcher Sensitivity and the Male Interviewer,” in Humanity and Society Vol. 16, No. 4, Pp. 504-523 (1992).

“Alcoholics Anonymous as Durkheimian Religion,” in Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion Vol. 4, Pp. 183-208. Monty L. Lynn and David O.Moberg (eds.). Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI Press. (1992).

“Richard Quinney: A Wisconsin Sociologist,” in Wisconsin Sociologist Vol. 26, No. 4, Pp. 126-134 (1989).