Lee, James Daniel

Lee, James Daniel

Professor & Department Chair, Justice Studies


Preferred: james.lee@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-1350

Office Hours

Tuesday - Thursday, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

My research and teaching includes social psychology, deviant behavior and criminology, gender, science and technology education, childhood and adolescence, and research methods and statistics.

My teaching experience consists of courses in introductory sociology, quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistics, writing in sociology, juvenile delinquency, criminology, deviant behavior, social psychology, childhood, and LGBT studies. In 2012, I started teaching courses online for the first time. This mode of teaching is proving to be exciting and liberating.

My basic research stems from interests in self and identity, taking a perspective commonly referred to as identity theory. My most recent basic research focuses on juvenile delinquents' self-concepts and how these may predict success or failure at avoiding future delinquency.

My most recent applied research has included an evaluation of a nonprofit program in San José called Sunday Friends. .

Listed below are research articles that colleagues and I wrote:


Kroska, A., Lee, J. D. and Carr, N. T. (2016), Juvenile Delinquency and Self-Sentiments: Exploring a Labeling Theory Proposition. Social Science Quarterly. doi:10.1111/ssqu.12307

Lee, James Daniel, Claudio G. Vera Sanchez, and Yoko Baba. 2013. “Sunday Friends: The Working Alternative to Charity.” Journal of Applied Social Science. 7(2):148-187. 

Selvaduray, Guna, James Lee and Crystal Paul. 2010. “Exploring Barriers to Mitigation by Homeowners,” 9th U.S. National and 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Toronto, Canada.

Lee, James Daniel, Philip J. Carr and Tiffanie N. Bruch. 2007. “Digging Out of Trouble:  Public Archaeology as Rehabilitation for Juvenile Delinquents.”  Journal of Applied Social Science. 1:29-61.

Noble, Kimberly, Nicole T. Flynn, James D. Lee, and David Hilton. 2007. “Predicting Successful College Experiences:  Evidence from a First Year Retention Program.”  Journal of College Student Retention:  Research, Theory & Practice. 9:39-60.

Lee, James Daniel. 2005. “Do Girls Change More than Boys?  Gender Differences and Similarities in the Impact of New Relationships on Identities and Behaviors.” Self and Identity. 4:131-47. 

Thompson, Brian L. and James Daniel Lee. 2004. “Who Cares if Police Become Violent?  Explaining Approval of Police Use of Force Using a National Sample.” Sociological Inquiry. 74:381-410.

Lee, James Daniel and Elizabeth A. Craft. 2002. “Protecting One's Self from a Stigmatized Disease . . . Once One Has It,” Deviant Behavior. 23:267-99.

Reprinted in Constructions of Deviance:  Social Power, Context, and Interaction, Edited by Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2006, Fifth Edition.

Lee, James Daniel. 2002. “More than Ability: Gender and Personal Relationships Influence Science and Technology Involvement.” Sociology of Education. 75:349-73.

Lee, James Daniel. 2001. “Socialization and Deviance,” Pp. 393-7 in the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior, Volume I, edited by Clifton D. Bryant. Philadelphia: Brunner-Routledge.

Lee, James Daniel.  1998. “Which Kids Can ‘Become’ Scientists?  Effects of Gender, Self-Concepts and Perceptions of Scientists,” Social Psychology Quarterly 61:199-219.


Selvaduray, Guna and James Lee. 2009. “Communication to Overcome Barriers to Mitigation.” Sixth International Conference on Urban Earthquake Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan. 


Lee, James Daniel. 2011. 2011 Evaluation of Sunday Friends: The Working Alternative to

Charity Evaluation Report to Sunday Friends. http://www.sundayfriends.org/achievements/program-evaluation/eval_11.pdf

Lee, James, Crystal Paul, and Guna Selvaduray. 2009. Barriers to Mitigation: A Pilot Study Report to the Office of Emergency Services, City of San José, CA. http://works.bepress.com/james_daniel_lee/53/

Lee, James, Yoko Baba, Claudio Vera Sanchez, Rebecca Wang, and Chelsey White. 2009. Sunday Friends: The Working Alternative to Charity Evaluation Report to Sunday Friends. http://works.bepress.com/james_daniel_lee/1/ 

Carr, Philip J. and James Daniel Lee. 2006. “Categorical Assistance Final Report for ‘Digging Out of Trouble:  Archaeology as Educational and Prosocial Activity.’”  Submitted to the Youth Violence Prevention Program at the University of South Alabama, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana Univ Bloomington, 1998
  • Master of Arts, Sociology, Univ Of Florida, 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Univ Of Notre Dame, 1990


I am originally from the crossroads town of Lake City, Florida, where I spent my entire childhood and adolescence. I graduated valedictorian from Columbia High School in 1986. I received my B.A. in sociology and Theology from the University of Notre Dame (1990), my M.A. in sociology from the University of Florida (1993), and my Ph.D. in sociology, specializing in social psychology, from Indiana University (1998). I spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at Indiana University prior to taking my first academic appointment in 1999 at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. I began my tenure at SJSU in Sociology in the 2005 Fall Semester. In 2011, I transferred with the criminology program from Sociology to Justice Studies.