Philip Kavanaugh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, School of Public Affairs
Public Administration PhD Graduate Faculty
Criminal Justice Graduate Faculty
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6778
Office Location: Olmsted Building, W160
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Philip R. Kavanaugh received his MA and PhD from the University of Delaware’s Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice. His research, which is situated in criminology, sociology, cultural studies and public health, has been funded by the National Institute of Justice and appeared in various criminology, sociology, and addictions journals. Using primarily qualitative methods, his work has examined the forms and functions of drug use, how gender informs victimization outcomes, as well as stigma and social control processes among drug addicts, school students, former inmates, and in digital communities. Prior to joining Penn State Harrisburg Dr. Kavanaugh was an Assistant Professor at Shepherd University where he taught courses in sociology and criminal justice.

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Eastern Sociological Society
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems


Research Interests
Drug use, markets, treatment, and policy
Sexual assault and sex crimes
Social control, governance, and law
Sociological and criminological theory
Qualitative methods