Thomas Ratliff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Sociology

  • Office: Armington Learning Center, 433
  • Telephone: (606) 218-5116
  • E-mail: ThomasRatliff@upike.edu

Criminological Theory
Policing
Research Methods
Appalachian Culture
Women & Crime
Race, Ethnicity, Class & Crime
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Sociology of Mental Disorders
Deviant Behavior
Social Psychology
Youth Subcultures

2011 Ph.D. Sociology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Specializations: Culture, Social Movements, Policing/Social Control
Graduate Certificate: Race and Social Policy

2007 M.A. Sociology, Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Specialization: Social Psychology

2003 B.A. Philosophy and English, Western Kentucky University
Minor: Writing

  1. Presenter, Discussant, Organizer, Friday, April 12th, 2019, Southern Sociological Meeting, Atlanta, GA.Fascism, Inequality, and the Dawn of an Appalachian Justice Movement – Paper Session

    • The Rise of Fascism in the 21st Century: A Theoretical Statement — Thomas Nolan Ratliff, University of Pikeville; Teddy Newsome (Student), University of Pikeville; Tommy Joe Ratliff (Student), University of Pikeville

    • The Traditionalist Workers Party/ANTIFA Protest in Pikeville, KY: A Qualitative Analysis — Tommy Joe Ratliff (Student), University of Pikeville; Teddy Newsome (Student), University of Pikeville; Thomas Nolan Ratliff, University of Pikeville; Eric Primm, University of Pikeville; Loren Quinn Barnes (Student), University of Pikeville

    • Triadic Opposition: The Expansion of Simmel’s Group Dynamics to Three-Party Protests — Thomas Nolan Ratliff, University of Pikeville; Tommy Joe Ratliff (Student), University of Pikeville; Teddy Newsome (Student), University of Pikeville

    • Understanding Difference, Inter-Generational Variation, and Intersectionality in Central Appalachia – Eric Primm, University of Pikeville; Thomas Nolan Ratliff, University of Pikeville; Shelby Meade (Student); Loren Quinn Barnes (Student), University of Pikeville; Morgun Cable (Student), University of Pikeville; Ariel Hopkins (Student), University of Pikeville

  2. Visiting Scholar, University of California at Berkeley, October 2018
  3. Hawdon, James, Matthew Costello, Thomas Ratliff, Lori Hall, and Jessica Middleton. 2017. “Conflict Management Styles and Cybervictimization: Extending Routine Activity Theory.”
    Sociological Spectrum. 1: 1-7.
  4. Matthew Costello, James Hawdon, Thomas Ratliff, and Tyler Grantham. 2016. “Who Views Online Extremism? Individual Attributes Leading to Exposure,” Computers in Human Behavior, 63:311-320.
  5. Thomas N. Ratliff (PI and Grant Manager from 2014 to 2017), U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice. Research and Evaluation on Domestic Radicalization to Violent Extremism. “Radicalization on the Internet: Virtual Extremism in the U.S. from 2012-2017.” FUNDED $769,906

Applied Research & Student Experiential Learning

Violent Extremism, Hate, & Social Control

Protest/Riot Policing & Social Movements

Culture, Community, & Social Justice

Social Problems in Central Appalachia

Justice Lab Supervisor, Division of Social Sciences (2017–present)