J Forbes Farmer

Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology

J Forbes Farmer Bio Photo


B.A. Psychology, University of New Hampshire
M.A. Sociology, Atlanta University
Ph.D. Sociology and Social Work, Boston University

Phone: (603) 899-4261

Courses Taught
  • Criminology
  • Deviance and Social Control
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Corrections
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Law and Society
  • Techniques of Counseling I
  • Techniques of Counseling II
  • Social Psychology
  • The Science of Society
Research Interests & Expertise Areas
  • Prison Management
  • Shoplifting
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research
  • Criminal and Social Theory
  • Deviant Behavior

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Faculty Member, Student Senate Award

Faculty of the Year, Faculty Award

Alpha Kappa Delta, National Sociological Honor Society

Publications and Presentations

Farmer, J F. (2019). “Theoretical Reductionism: Forcing a Covering Law Doctrine of Behavioral Psychology on the Sociology of Everyday Communication and Interaction.” Journal of Social Science Studies, 6(1):8-21.

Farmer, J F. (2018). “Polemics on the Etiology of Juvenile Delinquency: A Review of Some Multiple-Perspective Attacks on Travis Hirschi’s Social Bonding Theory.” Issues in Social Science, 6(2):69-89.

Farmer, J F. (2017). "Resurrecting an Abandoned 'Standpoint': An Exploratory Application of W. I. Thomas' Abandoned 'Four Wishes' and the 'Definition of the Situation' to Adolescent Shoplifters' Cases. Journal of Sociological Research, 8(1):16-32.

Farmer, J F. and Jean Dawson. (2017). "College Students' Shoplifting Experience: A Comparison of Retrospective Self-Reports to Micro-Level Criminological Theory." International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, 12(1):1-23.

Farmer, J F. (2014). "An Invitation to Debunk: Posing Sociological Questions to Understand Social Work Cases." Journal of Sociology and Social Work, 2(2):155-171.

Farmer, J F. (2014). "Inmate Rehabilitation Revisited: Using Goffman and Perrow to Explain Constraints on Transformational Technologies in Prison." Journal of Social Science Studies, 1(2):198-223.

Farmer, J F. (2013). "Max Weber's Sociology of Law Applied to a Case of Judicial Intervention into State-Sanctioned Inmate Abuse." Journal of Sociological Research, 4(2):147-166.

Farmer, J F. (2012). "A Comparison of Some of the Themes of Irrationality, Illusion and Mystification Identified or Inferred by Karl Marx and Max Weber in Their Explanations of the Rise of Capitalism." Journal of Sociological Research, 3(2):11-28.

Farmer, J F. (2012). "Interaction Propositions: A Comparison of 'Dramaturgical Analysis' and 'Exchange Theory,' the Micro Sociological Explanations of Face-to-Face Communication Proposed by Erving Goffman and George C. Homans." Journal of Society and Communication, Vol. 2012:204-230.

Farmer, J F. (2011). "The Effects of Staff Empowerment on Supervisory Relations, Burnout and Job Satisfaction: A Comparative Case Study of Two American Prisons." International Journal of Business and Social Science, 2)13):21-27

Grants Received

  • Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation, Research Grant
  • Massachusetts Division of Youth Services, Program Grant
  • Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Program Grant


  • Faculty Affairs Committee - Many years of service- (Chair a few times)
  • Advisor to Criminal Justice Club
  • Advisor to Student Judicial Board
  • Institutional Review Board
  • Advisor to Student Senate
  • Retention Committee (Co-Chair)