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Faculty and Staff Profile

David Eitle

Dept Chair/Head

Office: 132-B Brackett Hall

Phone: 864-656-2398


Educational Background

PhD Sociology
Indiana University, Bloomington 1996

M.A. Sociology
Ohio State University 1986

B.A. Criminology
Ohio State University 1983


David Eitle earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at Indiana University. Professor Eitle\\\'s research interests include exploring the institutional and community factors associated with school disorder and violence, the etiology of criminal and deviant behavior among late adolescents and young adults, and the risk and protective factors associated with substance use and HIV-risk behaviors. He is a joint principal investigator on two National Institute on Drug Abuse research grants. His work appears in such journals as Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Social Forces, Journal of Health and Social Behavior and Social Science Quarterly.

Research Publications

Eitle, David, and Tamela McNulty Eitle. (2016). “General Strain Theory and American Indian Youth: Extending a popular explanation of delinquency.” Youth and Society, 48: 470-495.

Eitle, David, Greene, Kaylin and Tamela McNulty Eitle. (2015). “American Indians, Substance Use, and Sexual Behavior: Do predictors of Sexually Transmitted Infections explain the Race Gap among Young Adults? Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 42: 64-67.

Eitle, David and Tamela McNulty Eitle. (2015). “Factors associated with American Indian and white adolescent drug selling in rural communities.” International Journal of Law, Crime, and Justice, 43: 252-272.

Taylor, John and David Eitle. (2015). “The Moderating Role of BIS/BAS Personality Tendencies in the Relationship between General Strain and Crime.” Deviant Behavior, 36: 874-889.

Eitle, Tamela McNulty and David Eitle. (2015). “Explaining the Association between Gender and Substance Use among American Indian Adolescents: An Application of Power-Control Theory.” Sociological Perspectives, 58: 686-710.

Greene, Kaylin, Eitle, Tamela McNulty, and Eitle, David. (2014). “Adult Social Roles and Alcohol Use among American Indians.” Addictive Behaviors, 39, 1357-1360.

Eitle, David, and Tamela McNulty Eitle. (2013). “Methamphetamine use among rural white and Native American adolescents: An application of the stress process model.” Journal of Drug Education, 43, 203-221. (Note: actually published in 2014).

Eitle, David, Fallon Niedrist, and Tamela McNulty Eitle. (2014). “Gender, Race, and Delinquent Behavior: An Extension of Power-Control Theory to American Indian adolescents.” Deviant Behavior. 35: 1023-1042.

Eitle, David, D’Alessio, Stewart, and Stolzenberg, Lisa. (2014). “The Effect of Organizational and Environmental Factors on Police Misconduct. Police Quarterly, 17: 103-126.

Stolzenberg, Lisa, D’Alessio, Stewart, and David Eitle. (2014). “Last hired, first fired”: The effect of the unemployment rate on the probability of repeat offending.” American Journal of Criminal Justice, 39, 77-93.

Eitle, Tamela McNulty, and David Eitle. (2014). “Race, coping strategies, and substance use behaviors: A preliminary analysis examining white and American Indian adolescents.” Substance Use & Misuse, 49, 315-325.

D’Alessio, Stewart, Lisa Stolzenberg, and David Eitle. (2013). “Race and cumulative discrimination in the prosecution of criminal defendants.” Race and Justice, 3, 275-299.

Eitle, Tamela McNulty, Michelle Johnson-Jennings and David Eitle. (2013). “Family structure and adolescent alcohol use problems: Extending popular explanations to American Indians. Social Science Research, 42, 1467-1479.

Eitle, Tamela McNulty, David Eitle, and Michelle Johnson-Jennings. (2013) “General Strain Theory and Illicit Drug Use among American Indian Adolescents.” Race and Justice, 3, 3-30.

D’Alessio, Stewart, David Eitle, and Lisa Stolzenberg. (2012). “Unemployment, guardianship, and weekday residential burglary. Justice Quarterly, 29, 919-932.

Eitle, David. (2011). “Religion and gambling among young adults in the United States: Moral communities and the deterrence hypothesis.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 50, 61-81.

Eitle, David and John Taylor. (2011). “Strain, BIS/BAS levels and gambling behavior among young adult males.” Deviant Behavior, 32, 1-37.

Eitle, David. (2010). “General strain theory, persistence, and desistance among young adult males.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 38, 1113-1121.

Eitle, David, John Taylor, and Tamela McNulty Eitle. (2010). “Heavy episodic alcohol use in emerging adulthood: The role of early risk factors and young adult transitions.” Journal of Drug Issues, 40, 295-320.

Eitle, David, and Tamela McNulty Eitle. (2010). “Public school segregation and juvenile violent crime arrests in metropolitan areas.” Sociological Quarterly, 51, 436-459.

Eitle, David, John Taylor, and Kay Pih. (2010). “Extending the life course interdependence model: life transitions and the enduring consequences of early self-derogation for young adult crime.” Youth and Society, 41,519-545.

Eitle, David and Sue Monahan. (2009). “Revisiting the racial threat thesis: The role of police organizational characteristics in predicting race-specific drug arrest rates.” Justice Quarterly, 26, 528-561.

Eitle, David. (2009). “Dimensions of racial segregation, hypersegregation, and black homicide rates.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 37,28-36.

Taylor, John, David Eitle, and David Russell. (2009). “Racial/ethnic variation in the relationship between physical limitation and fear of crime: an examination of mediating and moderating factors.” Deviant Behavior, 30, 1-31.

Eitle, David and John Taylor. (2008) “Are Hispanics the new 'threat'? Minority group threat and fear of crime in Miami-Dade County.” Social Science Research, 37, 1102–1115.

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