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Dee Wood Harper Jr.

Professor Emeritus

Dee Wood Harper Jr.
Dee Wood Harper Jr.

Dr. Dee Wood Harper, Jr., earned a B.A. from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. His dissertation research focused on cultural differences in patterns of aging among rural people of Louisiana. He was also awarded a National Institute of Mental Health post-doctoral fellowship (1973-74) in social psychiatry from the Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Social Psychiatry Unit focusing on the administration of drug abuse programs.

At present my research agenda focuses on violence, and crime in disaster and includes two projects. I am completing with Drs. Thornton and Voigt a book being published by the University of Louisiana Lafayette Press titled, Preventing Lethal Violence in New Orleans, a Great American City. We are also completing a second edition of Why Violence? Leading Questions Regarding the Conceptualization and Reality of Violence in Society. My other project is a book with Dr. Frailing titled, Toward a Criminology of Disaster. This book is under contract with Palgrave MacMillan and is due for completion in October, 2016. Listed below are four recent publications.

Kelly Frailing and Dee Wood Harper, Eds. (2015). Through the lens of Katrina: Long term disaster recovery in the United States. Special issue of American Behavioral Scientist, 59, 10:1207- 1342. September

Kelly Frailing, Dee Wood Harper, Ronal Serpas, (2015). Changes and Challenges in Crime and Criminal Justice after Disaster. American Behavior Scientist, 59, 10 September. Pp. 1278 – 1291.

Lydia Voigt, Dee Wood Harper, and William Thornton (2015). A Review of the History of Homicide Patterns in New Orleans: A Structural Analysis in Lydia Voigt, Dee Wood Harper, and William E. Thornton.  Preventing Lethal Violence in New Orleans, a Great American City.  Lafayette, La.: University of Louisiana Lafayette Press.

 Kelly Frailing and Dee Wood Harper. (2015). Putting Hurricane Sandy in context: Comparing Sandy, Katrina, and Gustav. In Savage Sand and Surf: The Hurricane Sandy Disaster, eds. L. Eargle and A. Esmail, Lanham, MD: University Press of America: 150-175 


Ph.D., Louisiana State University; M.A., Louisiana State University; B.A., George Peabody College of Vanderbilt

Areas of Expertise

Gerontology, Sociology of Education, Epidemiology of Addiction, Sociology of Tourism and Crime, the Death Penalty and Violent Crime and Deviance, and the Cultural Differences in Patterns of Aging Among Rural People of Louisiana