Alex Thio, PhD-Professor Emeritus of Sociology, (late of) Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
The late Alex Thio, PhD, was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Ohio University and entrepreneur. Born of Chinese parentage in Penang, Malaysia, he grew up in a multicultural environment. He acquired fluency in Mandarin Chinese, Malay, and Indonesian. He also studied English, Dutch, French and German.
For undergraduate school, Professor Thio went to Central Methodist College in Missouri, where he majored in social sciences. Later, he studied sociology as a graduate student at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and he completed his doctorate while working as a research and teaching assistant.
Professor Thio regularly taught courses in deviance, introductory sociology, social problems, and criminology. In addition to teaching, he enjoyed writing. Aside from this book, he is the author of the popular texts Deviant Behavior (2009), Society, Myths and Realities: An Introduction to Sociology (2009), and has written many articles. The author was grateful for the feedback he often received from faculty and students, which he believed improved the quality of his books.
Jim D. Taylor, PhD-Professor, Ohio University Zanesville
Jim D. Taylor, PhD, is a Professor of Sociology and Criminology at The Ohio University - Zanesville. A lifelong motorcycle rider and enthusiast, hack songwriter/guitarist and former skydiver, Dr. Taylor specializes in the sociology of masculinity, deviant behavior and race relations. Dr. Taylor has published a book on American Gun Culture, and scholarly articles on the topics of stigma management and self-injury. His current research focuses on the noble struggle of the rodeo cowboy and the intersections of rodeo sports and honky tonk music. He currently lives in Ohio with his wife and two young sons.