Ron Akers

Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminology and Law, University of Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal and deviant behavior
  • Sociology of law
  • Criminal justice system
  • Social learning in crime
  • Drug and alcohol behavior

Key Findings


Ron Akers, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida, is an expert in sociology of law, criminal justice system and drug and alcohol behavior.

Akers served as a director, chair and associate dean at the University of Florida. He was the president of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and president of the Southern Sociological Society as well as chair of the criminology section of the American Sociological Association and coordinator of the Christian Sociological Society. He also has served on 85 doctoral and masters committees. He has received awards and honors from ASC, the Southern Sociological Society and the University of Kentucky.

Akers has published more than 100 chapters and articles in scholarly journals and co-authored several books including Law and Control in Society, Criminological Theories and Deviant Behavior: A Social Learning Approach.

He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Kentucky, M.A. in sociology from Kent State University and B.S. in secondary education at Indiana State University.



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