Associate Professor of Sociology
One Bear Place #97326
Waco, TX 76798
Dr. Sung Joon Jang is an associate professor of sociology. Originally from Seoul, Korea, he came to the U.S. to earn an advanced degree in sociology and has taught all around the country. He came to Baylor in 2007 and teaches Ph.D. students courses in micro-criminology. Dr. Jang's research interests include crime and deviance, juvenile delinquency, drug use, religiosity and spirituality and mental health.
Jang, Sung Joon and Aaron B. Franzen. 2013. "Is Being ‘Spiritual' Enough without Being Religious? A Study of Violent and Property Crimes among Emerging Adults." Criminology 51:595-627.
Polson, Edward C., Young-Il Kim, Sung Joon Jang, Byron R. Johnson, and Buster G. Smith. 2013. "Being Prepared and Staying Connected: Scouting's Influence on Social Capital and Community Involvement." Social Science Quarterly 94:758-776.
Jang, Sung Joon. 2013. "Desistance and Protection from Binge Drinking between Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: A Study of Turning Points and Insulators." Sociological Focus 46:1-24.
Jang, Sung Joon and Jeremy R. Rhodes. 2012. "General Strain and Non-Strain Theories: A Study of Crime in Emerging Adulthood." Journal of Criminal Justice 40:176-186.
Ulmer, Jeff, Scott Desmond, Sung Joon Jang, and Byron R. Johnson. 2012. "Religiosity and Dynamics of Marijuana Use: Initiation, Persistence, and Desistence." Deviant Behavior 33:448-468.
Liu, Eric Y., Scott Schieman, and Sung Joon Jang. 2011. "Religiousness, Spirituality and Psychological Distress in Taiwan." Review of Religious Research 53:137-159.
Jang, Sung Joon and Byron R. Johnson. 2011. "The Effects of Childhood Exposure to Drug User and Religion on Drug use in Adolescence and Young Adulthood." Youth & Society 43:1220-1245.
Ulmer, Jeff, Scott Desmond, Sung Joon Jang, and Byron R. Johnson. 2010. "Teenage Religiosity and Changes in Marijuana Use During Transition to Adulthood." Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion 6(Article 3):1-19.
Jang, Sung Joon and Byron R. Johnson. 2010. "Religion, Race, and Drug Use among American Youth" Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion 6(Article 1):1-22.
Jang, Sung Joon, Christopher D. Bader, and Byron R. Johnson. 2008. "The Cumulative Advantage of Religiosity in Preventing Drug Use." Journal of Drug Issues 38:771-798.
Jang, Sung Joon. 2007. "Gender Differences in Strain, Negative Emotions, and Coping Behaviors: A General Strain Theory Approach." Justice Quarterly 24:523-553.
Awards and Honors
2006 "The Role of Religion in Prosocial Youth Behavior"; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice; Co-Principal Investigator; 09/06-08/08
2004 "Spiritual Rebirth and Maturation among College Students"; Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science (Spiritual Transformation Scientific Research Program), the Louisiana State University Office of Academic Affairs and the College of Arts & Sciences, and Campus Crusade for Christ; Principal Investigator; 06/04-07/07
2004 "Spirituality, Morality, and Religious Attitudes"; Mini-grant (which allowed the PI to include 15 questions in a survey of a random sample of residents in Baton Rouge, LA); Public Policy Research Lab, Louisiana State University; Principal Investigator
1993 Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award by University at Albany, SUNY
1991 Student Award (second place), Gene Carte Student Paper Competition sponsored by American Society of Criminology
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