Kent Bausman

Professor of Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Bio

Kent Bausman is a professor of sociology. He has been an instructor in higher education for more than 25 years, many of which he has spent at Maryville University. Bausman’s thought leadership is concentrated on looking at the sociology of crime and behavior, as well as at the intersection of inequality that occurs socially and economically. His research has laid the foundation for legislative initiatives including indigent defense/public defense reform.

Bausman seeks to understand how a variety of factors including racial, ethnic, and generational differences impact the incidence of inequality and crime in our society. Numerous media outlets have invited Bausman to lend his expertise on inequality trends and patterns in the public eye. He has spoken on many topics, including mass shootings, hot-spot policing, child abductions, and gang violence. Driven by constant curiosity, Bausman is well positioned to offer cultural commentary on a variety of hot topics like white nationalism, poverty in rural America, media’s impact on society, and generational implications for education.


Show-Me Right to Work: A regional comparison of right to work and non-right to work states

An Examination of the Link Between Employment Volatility and the Spatial Distribution of Property Crime Rates

Employment Volatility and SDPC

Reconceptualizing the link between economic deprivation and crime : a metropolitan/nonmetropolitan comparison of social disorganization theory 

Courses Taught

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 201 Social Problems
  • SOC 323 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 321 Sociology of Deviance
  • SOC 381 Urban Sociology
  • SOC 401 Sociological Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Exploring Social Issues
  • CRIM 102 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminological Theory
  • SOC 382 Social Class in Society
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Karl Marx in England
  • SOC 348 Sociology of Poverty
  • In the Field: Exploring Swiss and Italian Everyday Folkways

Areas of Expertise

  • Social inequity
  • Criminology
  • Generational diversity
  • Volatility
  • Gang violence
  • Curriculum development
  • Course construction in blended learning formats
  • Survey design

Contact Info

Phone: 314-529-9429


Office: Anheuser-Busch Hall 3222