Dr. Jared S. Rosenberger

Director, Sociology Program
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Office: Faculty Hall 501-A

Dr. Rosenberger's CV

PhD, University of Akron
MA, University of Akron
BA, Criminal Justice and Sociology, Baldwin-Wallace College


Criminology, Deviance, Media and Crime, Public Opinion of Immigration, Social Theory, Punitiveness, Public Opinion of Crime 


My research focuses on the relationship between media consumption, public opinion of crime, and criminal behavior. Specifically, I am interested in how depictions of violence and crime shape viewers’ attitudes and actions. This interest has led to a number of publications and research projects looking at the influence of media on such views as public opinion of the police, fear of crime, attitudes toward immigration, and opinion of criminal sentencing. Further, my dissertation work links media consumption to criminal behavior directly and through its influence on noneconomic institutions like education, the family, and religion. In current research, I have finished a quantitative and qualitative content analysis of the television series Law and Order and I plan on conducting a number of projects using this data. I am also presently involved in a project analyzing the role of September 11th in shaping attitudes toward immigration in the United States and subsequent changes to immigration law. I would welcome the opportunity to work with students on these or related research projects. I have a broad range of teaching interests and experiences. Courses that I have taught previously or that I am scheduled to teach in the future include Introduction to Sociology, Criminology, Media, Crime and Public Opinion, Corporate and Political Deviance, and Law and Society. I am also interested in developing new courses related to my research and interests


SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
HON 133 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 300 Sociological Theory
SOC 338 Criminology
SOC 438 Sociology of Deviant Behavior
SOC 440 Sociology of Corporate and Political Deviance
SOC 441 Sociology of Youth Violence
SOC 442 Law and Society
SOC 445 Media and Crime


Rosenberger, Jared S. 2015. “Television Consumption and Institutional Anomie Theory.” Forthcoming in Sociological Focus.

Callanan, Valerie J. and Jared S. Rosenberger. 2015. “Media, Gender, and Fear of Crime.” Forthcoming in Criminal Justice Review.

Rosenberger, Jared S. and Valerie J. Callanan. 2011. “The Influence of Media on Penal Attitudes.” Criminal Justice Review, 36(4): 435-455.

Callanan, Valerie J. and Jared S. Rosenberger. 2011. “Media and Public Perceptions of the Police: Examining the Impact of Race and Personal Experience.” Policing and Society, 21(2): 167-189.


Dr. Rosenberger is faculty advisor to Murray State chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD). AKD is an honors society with the mission of seeking to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition. AKD is an international honors society with more than 650 chapters and over 100,000 members worldwide. Club activities focus on introducing students to research and scholarship taking place in the sociological community. Interested Murray State students should contact Dr. Rosenberger (jrosenberger@murraystate.edu or 809-2803) for more information.