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Hello and welcome. I am a third year doctoral student and aspiring sociologist of crime & deviance. I’m using this website to share ideas, information, and personal interests anchored within criminology and sociology. Note to potential collaborators/employers: for information regarding my academic training, background, and skill sets, and how I might potentially contribute to your organization, research, or projects, please visit the C.V. tab, located above.

About Me

Kenneth Sebastian Leon is a third yeard PhD student in the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology with a dual emphasis in the legal philosophy and the sociology of crime and deviance. His primary areas of interest include sociolegal theory, drug & alcohol regulation, classical sociological theory, crimes of the elite, and research design.

Ken has published in the Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology, and has forthcoming articles on a variety of topics, including: assessing the applicability of criminological theory in understanding non-prescribed stimulant use among middle and high-school students, examining the effects of local legal culture on federal death penalty outcomes, and the evolution of substance use and sexual violence references in popular music across several decades.


Surviving a PhD – 10 Top Tips…

Originally posted on The Thesis Whisperer:

This post is by Dr Alex Hope, a  Lecturer in Sustainable Development and Project Management at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom and was originally post on his blog. Alex is also on Twitter where he tweets about sustainability, academia, PhD advice and life. I hope you will head on over there and check out what he has to say!

I was awarded my PhD in January this year following a successful viva in November 2011, so thought I would try and summarise my experiences over the last 3-4 years and see if I could come up with some key points of advice from start to finish…

Tip 1 – Academics need you: Most are keen to speak to any potential student who has a good research idea as a good record of successful PhD supervisions is essential to build a successful academic career. Don’t be afraid to approach a…

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