Contact & Location


The Department of
Sociology & Anthropology

Physical Address:
Phinney Hall 101
PHONE: (208) 885-6751
FAX: (208) 885-2034
E-MAIL: socanth@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Department of
Sociology & Anthropology
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1110
Moscow, ID 83844-1110

Brian Wolf

Brian Wolf

Office: Archie Phinney Hall Room 113
Phone: (208) 885-6777
Email: bwolf@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Sociology & Anthropology Department - University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1110
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1110

Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Associate Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2007

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Deviance, Crime and Social Control, Comparative Criminology
  • Biography
    Dr. Wolf’s research centers on the intersection between organizations, crime and social control. Much of his research contains a broad international and comparative perspective.  For example, in the summer of 2008 Wolf was a part of a Fulbright-Hays study group examining the sources of injustice in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. His work on issues of global and economic justice has also taken him to trouble spots in Central America and Southeast Asia. In the fall of 2011 he was the USAC visiting professor for a study abroad program in Bangalore, India.  He continues to conduct an ongoing research project into how citizens of various countries deal with past and current political violence and injustices. His previous studies have examined issues of corporate crime, environmental justice and financial crimes.

    Currently, Dr. Wolf is involved in several research projects including one on deviant heroes, another on the proliferation of energy weapons among police departments in the US and another on the epistemological development of criminal justice programs.  Related to these research interests, Dr. Wolf teaches courses on deviance, white-collar crime, policing, social theory and inequalities in the justice system.
  • Selected Publications
    • Wolf, B. and Zuckerman, P. (2012) “Deviant Heroes:  Nonconformists as Agents of Social Change and Justice.” Deviant Behavior (Forthcoming)
    • Wolf, B. & DeAngelis, Joseph (2011). “Tasers, Accountability, and Less Lethal Force: Keying in on the Contentious Construction of Police Electroshock Weapons.” International Journal of Criminological and Social Theory. (4)2
    • Wolf, B. (2011).  “Green-Collar Crime: Environmental Crime and Justice in the Sociological Perspective.”  Sociology Compass. 5(7).
    • Wolf, B. (2009). Organized Environmental Crime: The composition of corporate noncompliance. New York: Edwin Mellen Press.
    • Wolf, B. (2008). “The Monopolization of Biodiversity: Terminator Bioscience and the Criminalization of the Harvest.” Theory and Science, 9(3).
    • Wolf, B. (2007). “Strain Theory and White Collar Crime.” In Gerber, J. and Jensen, E. (Eds), Encyclopedia of White Collar Crime. Westport, CT. Greenwood Publishing.
    • Wolf, B. (2007). “Environmental Crime and Justice.” In Gerber, J. and Jensen, E. (Eds), Encyclopedia of White Collar Crime. Westport, CT. Greenwood Publishing.