Research is an integral part of all the three programs in the Department of Social Sciences. Students in sociology and criminal justice are required to take SOC 250 (Introduction to Social Research), SOC 350 (Advanced Social Research), SOC 453 (Senior Thesis), SOC 454 (Senior Seminar) and SOC 346 (Statistics). In these courses, students learn the basics of scientific research, the art of developing a sound research proposal, methods of scientific analysis, and the techniques of writing a scientific research paper. With more than 1,200 computers in the libraries and different laboratories of the university, students have ample opportunities to engage themselves in the doing of scientific research. In addition, students can jointly research, publish, and present papers in professional organizations with many of the departmental faculty. The Department of Social Sciences carries an active research agenda in the areas of minority health disparities, minority youth violence, women in prison, comparative criminal justice, US crime policy, cybersecurity, and sociology of women, race, and ethnicity. The department currently has a major research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).


Hampton University Professor, Dr. Zina McGee, Publishes Her First Book on the Victimization of Women and Children

Dr. Zina McGee

Dr. Zina McGee, endowed university professor for the Hampton University Department of Sociology, recently published a powerful anthology, her first book, entitled, “Silenced Voices: Readings in Violence and Victimization.”

The anthology provides students with insightful readings that center on the experiences of women, children and others who are often silenced and victimized in their homes and communities.


Dr. Shahid M. Shahidullah, Hampton University Sociology Professor and Department Chair, Publishes Sixth Book      

Dr. Shahid Shahidullah

Dr. Shahid M. Shahidullah, Hampton University’s Department of Sociology chair and professor, recently published his sixth book, “Crime, Criminal Justice, and the Evolving Science of Criminology in South Asia: India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.” This new book examines many issues and challenges for reforming and modernizing criminal justice in South Asia.


Book Title: Silenced Voices - Readings in Violence and Victimization                Book Title: Crime, Criminal Justice, and the Evolving Science of Criminology in South Asia


Book Title: Crime Policy in America               Book Title: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems


Selected Departmental Publications

2018 Zina T. McGee. Silenced Voices: Readings in Violence and Victimization. San Diego: CA: Cognella Academic Publishing.

2017 Zina T. McGee, Bertha Davis, Sherri Saunders-Goldson, Marissa Fletcher and Lindsay Fisher. “The Impact of Maternal Incarceration on Children’s Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes: Findings from a National Longitudinal Study of Adolescents.” SOJ Nursing and Health Care 3(2), 1-7.

2016 Ngangana, P., Davis, B., Burns, D., Montgomery, A. and McGee, Z.T. “Intra-family Stressors among Adult Siblings Sharing Caregiving for Parents.” Journal of Advanced Nursing, (26), 2

2016 Zina T. McGee, Kaneesha Williams, Nicollette Strickland, Tamara Dobson-Brown, and MyKeya Foreman. “Inequality among Female Offenders: Racial Disparities in Substance Abuse and Medical Treatment among Mothers in Prison.” In Sharp, S., Marcus-Mendoza, S., Cameron, K. & Daniel-Roberson (Eds.), Across the Spectrum of Women and Crime: Theories, Offending, and the Criminal Justice System. Carolina Academic Press.

2015 Zina T. McGee. “Risk, Protective Factors and Symptomatology among African American Youth: Findings of a Research Study on Youth Violence” Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 54:06, 429-444.

2015 Smith-Johnson, B., Davis, B. L., Burns, D., Montgomery, A. J., and McGee, Z. T. “African American Wives and Perceived Stressful Experiences: Providing Care for Stroke Survivor Spouses.” ABNF Journal, 26(2). 

2015 Zina T. McGee, Raine Cunningham, Ayana Churn, Shaqwanda Everett, LaShawndra Hooks,  Nicollette Strickland, Tamara Dobson-Brown, and MyKeya Foreman. “Investigation of Pathways to Delinquency: Exploring Associations between Familial Background, Traumatic Victimization and Violent Behavior among Urban Female Adolescents.” International Journal of Gender and Women’s Studies, 3:1, 8-15.

2014 Zina T. McGee. “Exposure to Violence and Problem Behavior Among Urban Adolescents: Assessing Risk Factors and Coping Strategies.” Journal of the Institute of Justice & International Studies, 660:14, 73-86.

2014 Zina T. McGee, Bertha Davis, Tyrell Connor, Samaria Haysbert and Alfreada Kelly. “Examining the Relationship Between Behavioral Outcomes and Life Events among Children of Incarcerated Mothers.” Journal of Social Welfare and Human Rights, 2:2, 49-70.

2014 Zina T. McGee, Spencer Baker, Bertha Davis, Douglas Muller and Alfreada Kelly. “Examining Risk Factors for Recidivism and Disparities in Treatment among Female Probationers.” Journal of Sociology and Social Work, 2:2, 219-232.

2014 Zina T. McGee. “Youth Victimization.” Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment, Wiley-Blackwell.

2013 Zina T. McGee. “On Killing: The Changing World of Violence, Youth, and Gun Culture.” Journal of Global Homeland Security Education Network, 2:1, 45-56.

2013 Zina T. McGee. “Violent Youth Street Crime in New York City: A Review of Findings.” Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America, Sage Publications.

2012 Dr. Potter, EH Condon, AJ Montgomery, TS Muhammad and ZT McGee. “Selected African American First-Time Teenage Mothers’ Perceptions of Nurse Caring Behaviors during the Postpartum Period.” Journal of Advanced Nursing Studies, 1:1-21.

2012  PM Eaton, BL Davis, PV Hammond, EH Condon, and ZT McGee. “Coping Strategies of Family Members of Hospitalized Psychiatric Patients. Nursing Research and Practice, 12: 128-146.

2010 Zina T. McGee and Adrianne Gilbert. ”Treatment Programs for Incarcerated Women and Mother Child Communication Levels.” Criminal Justice Studies: Journal of Crime, Law and Society, 23:4, 337-345. 

Shahidullah, S. M. (2019). (Ed.). Modernization and Globalization: Issues and Challenges. New York: NOVA Publishers.

Shahidullah, S.M. (2017). (Ed.). Crime, Criminal Justice, and the Evolving Science of Criminology in South Asia: India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. London, UK: Palgrave-Macmillan. 

Shahidullah, S.M. (2016). Crime Policy in America (Second Edition). Lanham, MD. University Press of America. 

Shahidullah, S.M. (2015). New Faces of Crime and New Demands for Rights and Justice: Significance of the Science of Criminology, In K. Vaidya (Ed.). Criminal Justice for the Curious: Why Study Criminal Justice. Canberra, Australia: Canberra University Press. 

Shahidullah, S.M. (2012). Comparative Criminal Justice: Global and Local Perspectives. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.

Shahidullah, S. M. (2009). Criminalization, Modernization, and Globalization: U.S. and International Laws and Perspectives on Domestic Violence (with C. Nana Derby). Global Crime, 10 (3), pp. 196-223.

Shahidullah, S. M. (2009). Judicial Trends in the Prosecution of Cyber Crime Cases: The Issues of First and Fourth Amendment Rights. Criminal Law Bulletin, 45 (6), pp. 929-961.

Shahidullah, S.M. (2009). Aging Workforce in Post-Industrial America: Are Knowledge and Skills Disposable or Renewable? Journal of Aging in Emerging Economies(with Z. Oggunika), 1 (1), pp. 33-45. 

Shahidullah, S. M. (2009). America’s Foreign Policy: The Need for Paradigm Shift. In I. Hossain and Saleh, M. M. (Eds.). American Foreign Policy and the Muslim World (pp. 247=265). Lebanon: Al-Zaytouna Center for Studies and Consultations.

Shahidullah, S. M. (2008). U.S. Federal Data Mining Programs in the Context of the War on Terror: The Congress, Court, and Concerns for Privacy (with M. Hossain).  In E. Eyob (Ed.). Social Implications of Data Mining and Information Privacy (pp.151-180) Hershey, PA: IGI Publishing Company. 

Shahidullah, S. M. (2008). Crime Policy in America: Laws, Institutions, and Programs. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.