Trent Steidley

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty
  • Department of Sociology and Criminology
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

What I do

I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, specializing in research on firearms in the United States.

Professional Biography

My research seeks to understand how social movements, politics, and the criminal justice system interact to affect policy and criminal justice outcomes in the United States, particularly with regard to firearms. My current research specifically focuses on the determinants and consequences of concealed carry weapons laws in the United States, the determinants of police spending on military equipment, and the determinants of firearm demand in the United States.

I regularly teach the classes Guns and Society, Sociology of Law, Violence in Society, and Sociological Imagination and Inquiry, Part B.

I earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, and a B.A. from Oklahoma State University.

Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., Sociology, Ohio State University, 2016
  • MA, Sociology, Ohio State University, 2012
  • BA, Sociology & Political Science, Oklahoma State University, 2010

Research

My research interests examine the intersection of criminology, political sociology, and law and society, focusing on how social movements, politics, and the criminal justice system interact to affect criminal justice outcomes and policy. Generally speaking, much of my research examines these areas using the case of firearms in the United States. Firearms are a fascinating area of sociological and criminological inquiry due to the fact that firearms are widely considered to be correlates of violence subject to state regulation, yet public and political support for gun rights often challenges the state’s authority to regulate firearms while promoting atomized social control efforts with armed private citizens. I began this work exploring how the National Rifle Association (NRA) could be understood as a social movement organization and if public support for gun rights might influence state firearm policies and firearm demand. I have also recently begun to expand my research into state social control with current and ongoing research examining police militarization and state spending on social policies and corrections.

Featured Publications

Steidley, T. T. (2018). Big Guns or Big Talk? How the National Rifle Association Matters for Conceal Carry Weapons Laws. Mobilization , 23(1), 101-125.
Steidley, T. T. (2019). The Effect of Concealed Carry Weapons Laws on Firearm Sales. Social Science Research, 78, 1-11.
Ramey, D. M., & Steidley, T. T. (2018). Policing Through Subsidized Firepower: An Assessment of Rational Choice and Minority Threat Explanations of Police Participation in the 1033 Program. Criminology, 56(4), 812-856.