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Patrick Gerkin

Professor Bailey

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Western Michigan University

Office: 283-C DeVos

Phone: 616-331-7175


Office Hours


Criminological Theory; White Collar Crime; State & Corporate Crime


Patrick Gerkin is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and exploring with his wife and two daughters.

Dr. Gerkin completed his Ph.D. in sociology, with emphasis in criminology and race and ethnic relations at Western Michigan University in 2006. After teaching for two years at Mesa State College, in western Colorado, Dr. Gerkin returned to his home state and joined the faculty at GVSU in the fall of 2007.

Courses Taught

  • CJ 201 Criminology
  • CJ 300 Research Methods for Criminal Justice
  • CJ 355 Youth Culture
  • CJ 408 White Collar Crime
  • CJ 482 Culture Crime and Justice

Research Interests

Restorative justice, white collar crime, masculinity and crime desistence, classic and contemporary criminology, and the drug crime nexus.


  • Patrick Gerkin & Jacquelyn Doyon. (2015). Asbestos: Not Just an Exhibit at the Smithsonian. Critical Criminology 23(3), 311-328.
  • “Johnny Cash: The Criminologist Within,” co-authored with Patrick Gerkin and Aaron Rider. Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture 17 (1): 152-183 (2010).
  • “Participation in victim-Offender Mediation: Lessons Learned from Observations.” Criminal Justice Review, Vol. 34 2 (2009), forthcoming.
  • “Injustice for All: A State Crime of Omission Beneath the Steps of the United States Capitol,” International Journal of Critical Criminology, forthcoming (currently available in OnlineFirst in electronic format).