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John Hoffmann

Sociology, Sociology, Dean's Office

2021 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602


I am a professor of sociology at Brigham Young University. Prior to my arrival at BYU, I was a research scientist with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. I have also taught at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, the University of South Carolina, and Hokkaido University. More information on my published research is available at

Research Interests

Adolescent problem behaviors; criminological theory; sociology of religion

Teaching Interests

Criminology; applied statistics; sociology of religion


  • MPH, Epidemiology , Behavioral Sciences, Emory University (1994)
  • PhD, Criminology , University at Albany, SUNY (1991)
  • MS, Justice Studies , Drug policy, American University (1985)
  • BS, Political Science , Criminology; History, James Madison University (1984)

Honors and Awards

  • Martin B. Hickman Outstanding Scholar Award & Lecture, College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences (FHSS), BYU (2020 - 2020)
  • Jack Bailey Teaching and Learning Fellowship, Brigham Young University (2017 - 2020)
  • Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award, Brigham Young University (2008 - 2008)
  • John A. Widtsoe University Fellowship, Brigham Young University (2004 - 2006)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award & Commencement Speaker, School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany, SUNY (2004 - 2004)

Courses Taught


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