Chair, Sociology and Criminal Justice; Associate Professor
Robert B. Jenkot earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. He came to Coastal Carolina University as an assistant professor in 2009. He earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2013. He has been chair of the sociology department since 2014. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in research methods, criminological theories, the history of crime, illicit drug and alcohol use/sales/manufacturing, organized crime, race and ethnic relations, and minorities and social justice. His primary interest is how race, class, gender, and ethnicity can affect a person’s offending behavior, and, in particular, how these factors influence a person’s illicit drug use, sales, and manufacturing. He is also interested in media constructions of crime, criminals, and how these categories interact with a person’s gender. Dr. Jenkot is also fascinated by people’s ability to believe the unbelievable; as such he is always interested in ghost stories, Bigfoot/Sasquatch encounters, and UFO sightings. Further, he is interested in how believers are willing to stand up to ridicule for their extreme beliefs. In his spare time, he builds computers and plays video games with his friends and family.