Although Dr. Jake Day started with the Department of Sociology in Fall 2012, we would like to officially welcome him to our Department through our updated website! Dr. Day received his Ph.D. in 2012 from North Carolina State University where he specialized in Criminology. At ASU, he has taught courses in criminology and social stratification and has continued his research on college coaches and juvenile delinquency programs. Below, Dr. Day provides some information about himself, including his professional interests:
Growing up in Dallas, Oregon, I received my bachelor's degree in Sociology from Oregon State University. Then, after spending one year working for the regional sporting goods chain, Scheel's All Sports, in Billings, Montana, I moved across the country to Raleigh, North Carolina to attend NC State. I currently reside in Boone, North Carolina. If you are keeping track that is three different time-zones (Pacific, Mountain-West, and Eastern) with four very different climates (moderate/rain, cold/snow, hot/humid, cold/snow & ice).
Since attending NC State I have maintained my original interest in the field of criminology, especially understanding what criminal and juvenile justice practices work and why? This interest was fostered in my time as a research assistant for the Girls Study Group, under Margaret A. Zahn, where I participated in reviewing the evidence-base for gender-responsive juvenile delinquency programming. I am currently working with colleagues on evaluating a gender responsive intervention program implemented for both girls and boys under juvenile justice supervision.
I have also developed an interest in understanding the social-structural determinants of labor market inequality. This originally began with my master's thesis on social capital and race inequality in the college football coaching profession. My dissertation, under the direction of Steve McDonald, expanded on that research by focusing on the structure of jobs in the coaching labor market and how they affect racial inequality in coaches' careers. Specifically I examined how prior jobs and occupational statuses affected coaches' future career opportunities and outcomes. In doing this I merged theoretical insights from the sociological literature on labor market inequality (e.g. particularistic mobility, racialized jobs, glass escalators) with theoretical insights and empirical realities from the the sociology of sport and sports management literature (e.g. stacking).
If you would like to know more about Dr. Day, please visit his faculty page or consider taking one of his classes in the Fall 2013: Criminology or Women in the Justice System.