Matthew Grindal is a Visiting Assistant Professor. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 2014. He is a quantitative sociologist whose research examines the theoretical mechanisms that link cultural identity processes (i.e. ethnic identity development and ethnic-racial socialization) to the health and delinquency outcomes of adolescents and young adults. He is specifically interested in the general mechanisms specified by the social psychological literature (e.g., verification, enhancement, perceptions of threat, and intergroup attitudes) and the micro-level mechanisms traditionally employed in criminological theory (i.e. social learning, social bonds, strain, and self-control). He has taught courses in sociological methods, statistics (basic and advanced), social psychology, family violence, introduction to sociology, introduction to criminology, and social problems.
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