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James Daniel Lee

Lee, James Daniel

Associate Professor,  Justice Studies

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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:

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

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 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.

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. 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.

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

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.1:29-33.

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.

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.

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. (peer reviewed)

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



  • 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.