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Paul S. Leighton

Department of Sociology, Criminology & Anthropology
712 Pray-Harrold
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
phone: 734/487-0012 (w)


Ph.D. Sociology/Justice, American University. Awarded 8/1995

MS Justice, American University. Awarded 5/1990.

BA (magna cum laude), State University of New York at Albany, 5/1986.

Areas of teaching or research expertise include: Criminology; penology, prisons and social control; white collar, corporate and crimes of domination; violence, hate, prejudice and genocide; theory and public policy; gender and race.


Professor,  2007 - present; Associate Professor, 2002- 2007; Assistant Professor, 1997- 2002
Eastern Michigan University, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology.
Responsible for Corrections, Law & Society, White Collar Crime; graduate seminars on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault; Sociology of Crime & Its Correction; Hate Crimes; Criminological Theory; Violence and Society; Race, Gender & Crime
Adjunct faculty/lecturer, American University, Department of Justice, Law and Society. Fall 1996.
Responsible for Justice & Public Policy; supervising internships.
Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco, Department of Sociology, 1995-96.
Responsible for introductory general education sociology class; white collar crime; deviance & social control; criminology; and hate, prejudice & genocide.
Adjunct faculty/lecturer, The American University. 1990-94.
Department of Justice, Law and Society. Responsible for "Justice and Morality" and "Violence in America".
Washington Semester Program, The American University. Responsible for Justice and Law Seminar, Summer 1994 



Gregg Barak, Paul Leighton and Allison Cotton. Class, Race, Gender & Crime: The Realities of Justice in America, 4th ed. Rowman and Littlefield 2015.

Jeffrey Reiman and Paul Leighton. The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison, 11th ed. [Routledge, 2017 ~ Amazon]. Co author since 9th (2010) ed. [companion website]

Jeffrey Reiman and Paul Leighton. The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: A Reader. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2010. 

Donna Selman and Paul Leighton. Punishment for Sale: Private Prisons, Big Business and the Incarceration Binge. Rowman and Littlefield, 2010. 

Paul Leighton and Jeff Reiman, ed. Criminal Justice Ethics. Prentice-Hall, 2001. Authored chapter: "Fear and Loathing in an Age of Show Business: Reflections on Televised Executions". 


Leighton, Paul. 2015. Mass Salmonella Poisoning by the Peanut Corporation of America: State-Corporate Crime Involving Food Safety. Critical Criminology. 10.1007/s10612-015-9284-5. [blog entry on PCA and article

Leighton, Paul. 2014. “A model prison for the next 50 years”: The high-tech public-private Shimane Asahi Rehabilitation Center. Justice Policy Journal, 11(1). Abstract ~ pdf of article 

Leighton, Paul. 2013. “Corporate Crime and the Corporate Agenda for Crime Control: Disappearing Awareness of Corporate Crime and Increasing Abuses of Power.” Western Criminology Review 14(2).

Paul Leighton, “Fairness matters—more than deterrence: Class bias and the limits of deterrence” Criminology and Public Policy v 9 #3, 2010 (525-533)

Paul Leighton, "Televising Executions, Primetime ‘Live’". The Justice Professional v12 #2, 1999. Reprinted in Peter Hodgkinson (ed). 2013. The International Library of Essays on Capital Punishment, Volume 3. Ashgate.

Paul Leighton, "Fatal Females: Setting the Record ‘Straighter’". (Featured Essay) Social Pathology v 3 #2, 1997.

Robert Johnson and Paul Leighton, "Black Genocide? Preliminary Thoughts on the Plight of America's Poor Black Men". Journal of African American Men v1 #2 1995: 1995.

Paul Leighton, "Industrialized Social Control" Peace Review: A Transnational Quarterly v7 #3/4, December 1995.

Chapters in Books

Carrie L. Buist and Paul Leighton. 2015. Corporate criminals constructing white collar crime— or why there is no corporate crime on USA Network’s White Collar series. In Gregg barak, ed Routledge Handbook of Crimes of the Powerful. New York: Routledge. [chapter.pdf]

Leighton, P. and Reiman, J. 2014. A Suitable Amount of Street Crime and a Suitable Amount of White Collar Crime: Inconvenient Truths about Inequality, Crime and Criminal Justice. In Arrigo, B. and Berscot, H. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies.

Paul Leighton, Financing Private Prisons. In Byron Price and Charles Morris (eds) Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry (ABC-Clio/Praeger, 2012) [Chapter.pdf]

Paul Leighton and Donna Selman, Private Prisons, the Criminal Justice-Industrial Complex and Bodies Destined for Profitable Punishment. In Walter DeKeseredy and Molly Dragiewicz (eds), Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology (Routledge, 2011)

Paul Leighton, The U.S. Can’t Televise an Execution Because It Will Make Condemned Men Feel Bad About the Death Penalty? Issues Raised by the Suit to Make McVeigh's Execution Public. In Robert Bohm, ed. Death Penalty Today. CRC Press/Taylor and Francis, 2008. [chapter.pdf]

Paul Leighton, “Denaturalizing Terrorism: ‘Crazy Islamic Terrorists Who Hate Us Because We’re Free?’” in Robert Bohm and Jeffrey Walker (ed) Demystifying Crime and Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press, 2013). Revised and updated from 1st (2007) edition. [chapter.pdf]

Paul Leighton, “The Challenge of Terrorism for the Free Societies in the Global Village” for Mathieu Deflem (ed) Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Criminological Perspectives (Oxford, U.K.:Elsevier Science, 2004).

Paul Leighton, "Migrant Labor in the Ivory Tower: The Crossroads and Crapshoots of a New Professor" in Stuart Henry and William Hinkle, eds. Careers in Criminal Justice: The Inside Story. 2nd ed. Salem (WI): Sheffield, 2000.

Robert Johnson and Paul Leighton, "American Genocide?: The Destruction of the Black Underclass." In Craig Summers and Erik Markusen (eds) Collective Violence: Harmful Behavior in Groups and the Government. Rowman & Littlefield, 1999. [read chapter - 2.4MB .pdf]


Aaron Thomas Kinzle and Paul Leighton. 2015. Review of William S. Tregea: Prisoners on Criminology: Convict Life Stories and Crime Prevention. Critical Criminology, 23(2), 215-8.

Leighton, Paul. 2014. Televised Executions. Arrigo, Bruce, Ed. Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics. Sage.

Leighton, Paul. 2014. Whistleblowing on Unsafe Food: Ken Kendrick and the Peanut Corporation of America, in Terry Halbert and Elaine Ingulli (eds), Law and Ethics in the Business Environment, 8th ed (Cengage).

Maya Barak and Paul Leighton. 2013. Immigrants as Victims. In Jeffrey Ian Ross (Ed)  Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America. Thousand Oaks, Sage.

Paul Leighton. 2013. General Electric. in Lawrence M. Salinger and J. Geoffrey Golson (Eds), Sage Encyclopedia of White-Collar and Corporate Crime, Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Paul Leighton and Emmanuel Connell. 2013. Arthur Anderson. in Lawrence M. Salinger and J. Geoffrey Golson (Eds), Sage Encyclopedia of White-Collar and Corporate Crime, Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

Leighton, Paul. 2010. A Professor of White Collar Crime Reviews USA's 'White Collar' series. Critical Criminologist, v 19 #4 (see page 8 of pdf)

Entries prepared for Gregg Barak (ed), Battleground: Criminal Justice. Greenwood Press (2008)

  • “Corporal Punishment”
  • “Televising Executions”

Leighton, Paul. 2007. Judge Removed from Indian Trust Case for Saying Interior Dept. Is Racist. The Critical Criminologist v 17 #2.

North American Editor, Critical Criminology: An International Journal, 2000 - 2003.

Mark Hamm and Paul Leighton, Teaching and Understanding Sept 11.

Paul Leighton, Reading Robert Johnson, Reading Folly. In Robert Johnson, Justice Follies: Parody From Planet Prison (2005, Infinity).

Desire J.M. Anastasia and Paul Leighton. 2005. Understanding Rape & The Threat From 'Friends' (It's Not Just About Dating). Howling Harpies. Available,

Entries prepared for Mary Bosworth (ed), Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities. Newbury Park: Sage (2004)

  • Corporal Punishment
  • “Prison Rape” (with Jennifer Roy, EMU Grad Student)
  • “Timothy McVeigh

Paul Leighton & Jeffrey Reiman (2004). A Tale of Two Criminals: We're tougher on Corporate Criminals, But They Still Don't get What They Deserve. This essay is published by Allyn & Bacon, and distributed as a supplement to Jeffrey Reiman's The Rich Get Richer & the Poor Get Prison, 7th ed (2004)

Jeffrey Reiman and Paul Leighton. 2003. Getting Tough on Corporate Crime? Enron and a Year of Corporate Financial Scandals. This essay is published by Allyn & Bacon, and distributed as a supplement to Jeffrey Reiman's The Rich Get Richer & the Poor Get Prison, 6th ed (2001)

Paul Leighton and Mark Hamm. 2003.Terrorism, Political Violence, & the Mid-East: the Teaching and Understanding Sept 11 Resources at Marty Schwartz and Michael Maume (eds), Teaching the Sociology of Deviance. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. 

Paul Leighton, Counting Sept 11 Victims in the Crime Reports (other columns on televising McVeigh's execution and Mumia Abu-Jamal)

Paul Leighton, Instructor’s Manual for Gregg Barak, Integrating Criminologies (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1997).

Part of Editorial collective for the Critical Criminologist, 1997- 2001. 

Paul Leighton, "Most-Cited Critical Criminology" Critical Criminologist, v 9 #1, pp 17-20.

Paul Leighton, "Mopping the Floor While the Tub Overflows: Concerns About Further Prison Expansion" Monograph for Citizen’s Alliance on Prisons and Public Safety (CAPPS).


A Tale of Two Criminals: We’re Tougher on Corporate Criminals, But They Still Don’t Get What They Deserve. grew out of several invited lectures I gave, including a  Distinguished Visiting Faculty Lecture at Eastern Kentucky University. The folks there recorded the lecture and have just posted it on YouTube. Many thanks to Carole Garrison and EKU multimedia for making this happen.

If the embedded player doesn't work, here's the link for the playlist (six parts of about 10 minutes each). And just to make sure it's accessible - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6.

 My blog entry on this video has some comments on the 2008 subprime lending problems. 

Media & Invited Talks

Guest on Dr DigiPol Show with Alan Rosenblatt. Washington, DC based show looking at technology and politics. Show of 3/28, Hate on the Rise. YouTube or Facebook (60 min)

University of Michigan, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Crime and Mass Incarceration: Reform or a 'New Normal'? (1/2016)

Women's Center Professionals Directors Meeting: #YikYak: It's not all bad; but, yes there are some bad parts & some actions we can take (6/2015)

University of Toledo Department of Law and Social Thought and Toledoans for Prison Awareness. Punishment, Profit & Rehabilitation: Thinking about a model post-warehouse prison. (4/17/2014)  

University of Michigan, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Unleashing the Profit Motive in Punishment & Rehabilitation: Prison Privatization in the U.S. & Japan (4/10/2014)

Interview about private prisons on Crimes of the Century Radio: Predator Nation: America's Feeding an Insatiable Private Prison Industry (10/24/2013)

STAR Honors College Lecture. Manifestations of Poverty: The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison. Sept 24, 2013) Eastern Michigan University.

TEDxEMU: Rethinking Prison and Public Safety - Thoughts from a Day in a Japanese Prison (3/2013) [more info ~ 12 minute video]

Sidore lecture, Plymouth State University. The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Inequality, Corporate power and Crime. March 2012.

Invited class presentation: Understanding Domestic Violence: Why You Should Care, What You Should Know and How to Help

McDowell Conference, 2011. Theme was Criminology & Philosophy. I presented a paper called, Ideology and Agnotology: Culturally constructed ignorance, corporate media and the mystification of corporate crime. [American University, 28 October 2011]

University of Michigan medical school - student organization. Understanding Domestic Violence: Why should medical students care, what should they know and do. [See also DV101: Understanding Domestic Violence (3/2014)]

Invited Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Eastern Kentucky University. “Don’t Cry for Enron’s Andy Fastow: 10 years Isn’t Tough for What He Did.” March 2004. (see YouTube embedded player above)

Invited Keynote Lecture at ‘Incarceration Nation: The Warehousing of America’s Poor ’ Conference, Ivy Tech State College (South Bend Indiana), October 2003. 

Interview with Wanda Waterman, The Voice magazine. Part 1 (v 20 #22, 2012) and Part 2.

Guest on CNN (2/2004) for discussion of school violence and my website,

Guest on several National Public Radio shows, including On the Media and The Public Interest. 

Interviews and quotes on televising executions or televising McVeigh’s execution: Fox News Network; Dan Trigoboff for the TV-Insite/Broadcasting & Cable website; Sarah Paris for Switzerland's largest daily newspaper [the "Tages-Anzeiger"]; Dean Schabner of; Rebecca Rodriguez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram

Quoted in "In a Side Effect of Economic Prosperity White Collar Crime Flourishes" New York Times 13 March 2000, p B1. 

Work on black genocide with Robert Johnson was favorably reviewed in the Washington Post by Courtland Milloy, "The Numbers Add Up to Genocide" (7 Feb 1996: B1).

Speaker in Washington Book Forum on "Crime, Inequality & Genocide" (10/96). Radio Interview on Violence for AWARE: Positive Heath Radio (6/96). Television interview on Unabomber (5/96). Interviews with freelance reporters about hate prejudice on the Internet and Luddite Conference.

Discussed televising the death penalty in a panel as part of "The Death Penalty In the 21st Century-- Where Is It Going?". Organized by the Criminal Law Society, Washington College of Law (1995); taped and rebroadcast on C-SPAN.

"Industrialized Social Control" article used as basis for Keith Suter's news commentary on Australia's radio 2GB broadcast 1/12/96 and 1/14/96.


Professional Activities

American Society of Criminology: Ethical Issues Committee 1998-99.

American Society of Criminology: Division on Critical Criminology: Elected as Executive Officer 7/99- 01; appointed to Awards Committee 1999.

Organized and Presented at a panel entitled ‘Confronting Hate Crimes’ at EMU’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration. Presented on numerous panels about hate crimes and responding to Sept 11th

Site coordinator for National Institute of Justice satellite broadcast of the White House Conference on School Safety: Causes and Prevention of Youth Violence (10/15/98).

Reviewer for Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice, Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Journal of Applied Sociology, Media, Crime & Society, Michigan Sociological Review, Journal of Applied Sociology, Critical Criminology: An International Journal,  Wadsworth, Roxbury, Greenwood, Allyn & Bacon, Worth Publishers, Routledge, New York University Press, Elsevier, Choice, MacMillan-Palgrave, Sage, Social Justice, Latino Studies, Crime, Law & Social Change, Latino Studies, and University of California Press.   

Speaker in forum on "Developing Our Will to Build Communities That Resist Hate", part of the University of San Francisco's United Against Hate week activities (Spring 1996).

Pacific Sociological Association, Committee on Freedom of Research and Teaching 1996-7.

Coordinator for the Comparative Corrections Institute trip to London in the Summer of 1990 (A.U. class 73.551.81, a 3 week/six credit class to examine British penology and crime control).

Conference Presentations

[Please note: my participation in academic conferences dates back to 1990, but this partial list only indicates the most recent activity.]

2016. American Society of Criminology. Why is there no criminology of wage theft? (wrongful withholding of $50 billion of wages earned)

2015 American Society of Criminology. Author meets critics: 36 years of The Rich Get Richer and th ePoor Get Prison

2015. East Asian Law & Society Conference (Tokyo, Japan). Models of Privatization and Public-Private Partnerships with Prisons: An Incomplete Survey.

2014. American Society of Criminology. Whistleblowing on Unsafe food: The Dilemmas of Working for the Peanut Corporation of America and the Consequences of Helping End Mass Salmonella Poisoning. [more info]

2014 ISA World Congress of Sociology (Yokohama, Japan).Why Economic Inequality Matters for Criminology and Criminal Justice [more info and powerpoint of presentation]

2013. American Society of Criminology. A ‘smart on crime’ prison that enhances public safety: The high-tech, public-private Shimane Asahi Rehabilitation Center. [This was subsequentyl published as “A model prison for the next 50 years”: The high-tech public-private Shimane Asahi Rehabilitation Center. Justice Policy Journal, 11(1). Abstract ~ pdf of article ~ more info

2012. American Society of Criminology. Criminology Needs More Class: Inequality, Corporate Persons and an Impoverished Discipline. [more info and powerpoint of presentation]

2011. American Society of Criminology. Corporate Criminals Constructing White Collar Crime. [revised version of Leighton, Paul. 2010. A Professor of White Collar Crime Reviews USA's 'White Collar' series. Critical Criminologist, v 19 #4 (see page 8 of pdf)]

2011. World Congress of Criminology (International Society of Criminology), Kobe, Japan. The Problems With Private Prisons. [More info and powerpoint presentation]

2010. American Society of Criminology. Author meets critics: Punishment for Sale. [More info on this book]

2010. Midwest Criminal Justice Association. A Professor of White Collar Crime Critique’s USA Network’s White Collar Series. [An earlier version of this was published on my blog]

2009.  American Society of Criminology,  “Why Criminology Needs to Promote Class Warfare: On Silence, Injustice and Comprehensive Theoretical Integration” Chair of Session: “Celebrating 30 Years in Print for The Rich Get Richer & the Poor Get Prison

2008. American Society of Criminology, “Why Private Prisons Don’t Save Money: Examining the Overhead Costs of Executive Pay Through SEC Documents” (with Dana Radatz, EMU grad student) [more info and powerpoint]

2007 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences "Why is photographing an execution a crime?" [My blog has an mp3 version of this talk]

2006 American Society of Criminology (with Desire’ Anastasia) “Gender and the Body Canvas: Analyzing the Portrayal of Tattooed Women on Educational Television Programs” [my blog has the abstract and a few comments]

2005 American Society of Criminology presented on an author meets critics panel, which will be discussing Dennis Sullivan and Larry Tifft’s Restorative Justice: Healing the Foundations of our Everyday Lives.

2005 Michigan Women’s Studies Association “Feminist & Humanist Approaches to Understanding Perpetrators of Domestic Violence”

2004 American Society of Criminology “Conflicts of Interest: Research, Policy & Investments in the Criminal Justice-Industrial Complex”

2003 American Society of Criminology “Bowling for Capital Punishment: Why Is It A Crime to Photograph An Execution?” Part of a panel of papers about and inspired by Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine.

2002 American Society of Criminology “The Challenge of Terrorism to the Free Societies in the Global Village” Part of a panel, “Critical Perspectives on 9-11”. This talk became a book chapter of the same title

2001 American Society of Criminology: Co-presented, “Citizen’s Guide to Private Prisons” (with Donna Killingbeck).

2000 American Society of Criminology:  Presented, “Private Prisons for Dummies: The Wild Ride of the Corrections Corporations of America.”

2000 Race, Gender & Class Project, Southern University at New Orleans: Presented on Social Class & Crime 

1999 American Society of Criminology: Chair and Discussant for "Communicating Crime: Perspectives on Constructing, Controlling and Disseminating Crime Information". Presented "Televising Executions, Primetime ’Live’?".

1998 American Society of Criminology: Organized and Chaired "The Rich (Still) Get Richer & the Poor (Still) Get Prison: Reflections on the First 20 Years. Presented, "Criminal justice, Inc (Click Here for Current Stock Information)".

1997 American Society of Criminology: Presented "Crime Pays (High Annual Dividends): Venture Capital & the Quest for Rational Imprisonment Policy"; "Learning from Hate: Visions of Social Control & Dancing in the Revolution"; discussant for panel entitled, Political States and the Pursuit of Slaughter: A Critical Examination of War Crimes and Genocide.

1996 American Society of Criminology: Chaired panel entitled "Moral Issues of the Death Penalty".

1996 Pacific Sociological Association: Presented "Black Genocide in America?" (written with Robert Johnson, updated presentations of same title to include current empirical work).

1996 American Association of Higher Education: Presented "Racism, Hate Crimes & Service Learning: Design, Implementation and Evaluation of an Undergraduate Course" (with Susan Prion).



The hobby that consumes most of my 'spare' time is fixing and restoring air-cooled Volkswagens.


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