Gary Kleck

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana, 1979
Sociology


CURRICULUM VITAE
(Revised 03/01/2000 )

           * INDEX
*Personal
* Professional Memberships
* Education
* Academic Honors
* Teaching Positions
* Courses Taught
* Dissertation
* Publications
* Books
* Research Monograph
* Articles in Refereed Journals
* Other Published Articles
* Book Chapters
* Book Reviews
* Published Letters
* Manuscripts Under Review
* Other Unpublished Work
* Presented Papers
* State Meetings
* National Meetings
* Discussant
* Chair
* Professional Service
* University Service
* Public Service
* Other Items



* PERSONAL

Place of Birth:                                               Lombard, Illinois
 
Date of Birth:                                                March 2, 1951
 
Address:                                                     School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
                                                                    168 Bellamy Building
                                                                    The Florida State University
                                                                    Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2170
 
Telephone Numbers:                                     Office:             (850) 644-7651
                                                                   Office FAX:     (850) 644-9614
                                                                   Home:              (850) 894-1628
                                                                   Home FAX:     (850) 894-1645
 
e-mail Address:                                             gkleck@mailer.fsu.edu

 

* PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

     American Society of Criminology
 
* EDUCATION
 
A.B. 1973 -     University of Illinois, with High Honors and with Distinction in Sociology
 
A.M. 1975 -    University of Illinois at Urbana, in Sociology
 
Ph.D. 1979 -   University of Illinois at Urbana, in Sociology
 

*ACADEMIC HONORS
 
    National Merit Scholar, 1969
 
    Freshman James Scholar, University of Illinois, 1969

    Graduated from University of Illinois with High Honors and with Distinction in Sociology
 
    University of Illinois Foundation Fellowship in Sociology, 1975-76
 
    1993 Winner of the Michael J. Hindelang Award of the American Society of Criminology, for
        the book which made "the most outstanding contribution to criminology"
        (for Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America).

*TEACHING POSITIONS

    Fall, 1991 to                                             Professor, School of Criminology
    present                                                         and Criminal Justice, The Florida State University
 
    Fall, 1984 to                                             Associate Professor, School of
    Spring, 1991                                                 Criminology, The Florida State University.
 
    Fall, 1979                                                 Assistant Professor, School of
    to Spring, 1984                                              Criminology, The Florida State University.
 
    Fall, 1978 to                                             Instructor, School of Criminology, The
    Spring, 1979                                                 Florida State University.
 
*COURSES TAUGHT


 
Criminology, Applied Statistics, Regression, Introduction to Research Methods,  Law  Enforcement, Research Methods in Criminology, Violence Theory Seminar, Crime Control,  Assessing Evidence

*DISSERTATION

Homicide, Capital Punishment, and Gun Ownership: An Aggregate Analysis of U.S. Homicide Trends  from 1947 to 1976. Department of Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana. 1979.
 


*PUBLICATIONS (sole author unless otherwise noted)
 
 * BOOKS

    1991     Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America. Hawthorne, N.Y.: Aldine de Gruyter.
 
                Reviewed in Contemporary Sociology, American Journal of Sociology,
                Social ForcesJournal of Criminal Law and Criminology, The Criminologist,
                The Public Interest, Criminal Law Forum, Social Science Review,
                Criminal Justice Abstracts, Crime, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement,
                Newsletter of Public Policy Currents, Commonweal, Choice, and others.
 
    1997    Targeting Guns: Firearms and their Control. Hawthorne, N.Y.: Aldine de Gruyter.
 

    1997     The Great American Gun Debate: Essays on Firearms
                and Violence (with Don B. Kates, Jr.). San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute
                 for  Public Policy.

* RESEARCH MONOGRAPH

  1979  Bordua, David J., Alan J. Lizotte, and Gary Kleck. Patterns of Firearms Ownership, Use
            and Regulation in Illinois. A Report to the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission,
            Springfield,  Illinois.
 

* ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS

  1979  "Capital punishment, gun ownership, and homicide." American Journal of Sociology
            84:882-910.

  1981  "Racial discrimination in criminal sentencing: A critical evaluation of the evidence with
            additional evidence on the death penalty." American Sociological Review 46:783-804.
 
  1982  "On the use of self-report data to determine the class distribution of criminal behavior."
            American Sociological Review 47:427-33.
 
  1983  Kleck, Gary, and David Bordua. "The factual foundation for certain key assumptions of
            gun control." Law and Public Policy Quarterly 5:271-298.
 
  1985  "Life support for ailing hypotheses: Modes of summarizing the evidence on racial
            discrimination in criminal sentencing." Law and Human Behavior 9:271-285.
 
  1986  "Policy lessons from recent gun control research." Law and Contemporary Problems
            49:35-62.

  1986  "Evidence that 'Saturday night specials' not very important for crime." Sociology and Social
            Research 70:303-307.

  1987  "American's foreign wars and the legitimation of domestic violence." Sociological Inquiry
            57:237-250.
 
  1988  "Crime control through the private use of armed force." Social Problems 35:1-21.
 
  1988  "Miscounting suicides." Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 18:219-236.

  1990  (with Susan Sayles) "Rape and resistance." Social Problems 37:149-162.

  1991  (with Karen McElrath) "The effects of weaponry on human violence." Social Forces
            69:669-92.
 
  1993  (with Miriam DeLone) "Victim resistance and offender weapon effects in robbery." Journal
            of Quantitative Criminology 9:55-82.

  1993  (with E. Britt Patterson) "The impact of gun control and gun ownership levels on
            violence rates." Journal of Quantitative Criminology 9: 249-287.
 
  1993  "Bad data and the 'Evil Empire': interpreting poll data on gun control." Violence and Victims
            8:367-376.
 
  1995  "Guns and violence: an interpretive review of the field." Social Pathology 1:12-47.
 
  1995   "Using speculation to meet evidence." Journal of  Quantitative Criminology 11(4):411-424.
 
  1995  (with Marc Gertz) "Armed resistance to crime: the prevalence and nature of
            self-defense with a gun." Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 86(1):150-187.
 
  1996  "Crime, culture conflict and sources of support for gun control: a multi-level application of
            the General Social Surveys." American Behavioral Scientist 39(4):387-404.
 
  1996  (with Chester Britt III and David J. Bordua) "A reassessment of the D.C. gun law:
            some cautionary notes on the use of interrupted time series designs for policy
            impact assessment."  Law & Society Review 30(2):361-380.
 
  1996 (with Chester Britt III and David J. Bordua)  "Avoidance and misunderstanding." Law &
            Society Review 30(2):393-397.
 
  1997  (with Marc Gertz) "The illegitimacy of one-sided speculation: getting the defensive gun
            use estimate down." Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 87(4):101-117.
 
  1998  (with Tomislav Kovandzic and Marc Gertz) "Defensive gun use: vengeful vigilante imagery
            vs. reality: results from the National Self-Defense Survey." Journal of Criminal
            Justice26(2):1-8.
 
  1998  (with Marc Gertz) "Carrying guns for protection: results from the National
            Self-Defense Survey." Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 35(2):193-224.
 
  1998  "What are the risks and benefits of keeping a gun in the home?"  Journal of the 
            American Medical Association 280(5):473-475.

  1998  (with Charles Crawford and Ted Chiricos) "Defendant's race and sentencing as an
            habitual  offender." Criminology 36(3):481-512.

  1998 "Has the gun deterrence hypothesis been discredited?"  Journal on Firearms and Public
            Policy 10:65-75.

  1999  (with Michael Hogan) "A national case-control study of homicide offending and gun ownership."
              Social Problems 46(2):275-293.

  2000 "BATF gun trace data and the role of organized gun trafficking in supplying guns to criminals."
             St. Louis University Public Law Review (forthcoming).

 

* OTHER PUBLISHED ARTICLES
 
  1992  "Assault weapons aren't the problem." New York Times September 1, 1992,
            p.  A15.    Invited Op-Ed page article.
 
  1993  "The incidence of violence among young people."  The Public Perspective 4:3-6. Invited
            article.
 
  1994  "Guns and self-protection." Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia 83:42.
             Invited editorial.

  1999 "There are no lessons to be learned from Littleton."  Criminal Justice Ethics 18(1):2, 61-63.
              Invited commentary.

  1999 "The misfire that wounded Colt's."  New York Times October 23, 1999. 
             
Invited Op-Ed page article.


 
* BOOK CHAPTERS
 
  1984  Kleck, Gary, and David Bordua. "The assumptions of gun control." Pp. 23-48 in Don B.
            Kates, Jr. (ed.) Firearms and Violence: Issues of Regulation. Cambridge, Mass.: Ballinger.
            (Also appeared in Federal Regulation of Firearms, report prepared by the
            Congressional  Research Service, Library of Congress, for the Committee on the
            Judiciary,  United States Senate, 1982).
 
  1984  "The relationship between gun ownership levels and rates of violence in the U.S." Pp.
            99-135 in Kates, above.
 
  1984  "Handgun-only gun control: A policy disaster in the making." Pp. 167-199 in Kates, above.
 
  1996  "Racial discrimination in criminal sentencing."   Pp. 339-344 In Crime and Society, Volume
            III - Readings: Criminal Justice, edited by George S. Bridges, Robert D. Crutchfield, and
            Joseph G. Weis. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Pine Forge Press.
 
  1996  "Gun buy-back programs: nothing succeeds like failure." Pp. 29-53 in Under Fire: Gun
            Buy-Backs, Exchanges and Amnesty Programs, edited by Martha R. Plotkin. Washington,
            D.C.: Police Executive Research Forum.

  2000 "Firearms and crime."  Article in the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior. 
 
           Forthcoming.

  2000   "Gun control in the United States."  Chapter in Gun control: Current Issues and Future
              Challenges, edited by Kate Broadhurst, Adrian Beck, and John Benyon.  Forthcoming.


 
* BOOK REVIEWS
 
  1978  Review of Murder in Space City: A Cultural Analysis of Houston Homicide Patterns, by
            Henry Lundsgaarde. Contemporary Sociology 7:291-293.
 
  1984  Review of Under the Gun, by James Wright et al. Contemporary Sociology 13:294-296.
 
  1984  Review of Social Control, ed. by Jack Gibbs. Social Forces 63: 579-581.
 
  1988  Review of Armed and Considered Dangerous, by James Wright and Peter Rossi,
            Social Forces 66:1139-1140.
 
  1988  Review of The Citizen's Guide to Gun Control, by Franklin Zimring and Gordon Hawkins,
            Contemporary Sociology 17:363-364.
 
  1990  Review of Sociological Justice, by Donald Black, Contemporary Sociology 19:261-3.
 
  1991  Review of Equal Justice and the Death Penalty, by David C. Baldus, George G.
            Woodworth, and Charles A. Pulaski, Jr. Contemporary Sociology 20:598-9.

  1999 Review of Crime is Not the Problem, by Franklin E. Zimring and Gordon Hawkins.  American
            Journal of Sociology 104(5):1543-1544.

 
* PUBLISHED LETTERS
 
  1987  "Accidental firearm fatalities." American Journal of Public Health 77:513.
 
  1992  "Suicide in the home in relation to gun ownership." The New England Journal of Medicine
            327:1878.

  1993  "Gun ownership and crime." Canadian Medical Association Journal 149:1773-1774.

  1999   "Risks and benefits of gun ownership."  Journal of the American Medical Association 282:136.

 
* MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVIEW

  1998  (with Michael Hogan) "A national case-control study of homicide offending and gun
            ownership."  Presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology,
            Chicago.
 
  1998  "The risks and benefits of keeping a gun in the home." Prepared for the Journal of the
            American Medical Association.
 

* OTHER UNPUBLISHED WORK
 
  1987  Violence, Fear, and Guns at Florida State University: A Report to the President's
            Committee on Student Safety and Welfare. (32 pp.)  

 


*PRESENTED PAPERS
 
   * STATE MEETINGS
 
  1976  "Firearms, homicide, and the death penalty: a simultaneous equations analysis." Presented
            at the annual meetings of the Illinois Sociological Association, Chicago.

 * NATIONAL MEETINGS
 
  1980  "The assumptions of gun control." Presented at the Annual Meetings of the American
            Sociological Association, New York City.
 
  1981  "Handgun-only gun control: A policy disaster in the making." Presented at the Annual
            Meetings of the American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C.
 
  1982  "Life support for ailing hypotheses: Modes of summarizing the evidence on racial
            discrimination." Presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology,
            Toronto.
 
  1984  "Policy lessons from recent gun control research." Presented at the Duke University Law
            School Conference on Gun Control.
 
  1987  "Miscounting suicides." Presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological
            Association, Chicago.
 
  1988  "Suicide, guns and gun control." Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Popular Culture
            Association, New Orleans.
 
  1988  Kleck, Gary, and Susan Sayles. "Rape and resistance." Presented at the Annual Meetings
            of the American Society of Criminology, Chicago, Ill.
 
  1989  Kleck, Gary, and Karen McElrath. "The impact of weaponry on human violence."
            Presented  at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, San
            Francisco.
 
  1989  Kleck, Gary, and Britt Patterson. "The impact of gun control and gun ownership levels on
            city violence rates." Presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Society of
            Criminology, Reno.
 
  1991  "Guns and violence: a summary of the field." Presented at the Annual Meetings of the
            American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C.
 
  1992  "Interrupted time series designs: time for a re- evaluation." Presented at the Annual Meetings
            of the American Society of Criminology, New Orleans.
 
  1993  (with Chester Britt III and David J. Bordua) "The emperor has no clothes: Using interrupted
            time series designs to evaluate social policy impact."   Presented at the Annual Meetings of
            the American Society of Criminology, Phoenix.
 
  1993  "Crime, culture conflict and support for gun laws: A multi-level application of the General
            Social Surveys." Presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology,
            Phoenix.
 
  1994  (with Marc Gertz) "Armed resistance to crime: the prevalence and nature of self-defense
            with a gun." Presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology,
            Miami.
 
  1995  (with Tom Jordan) "The impact of drug enforcement and penalty levels on urban drug use
            levels and crime rates." Presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Society of
            Criminology, Boston.
 
  1996  (with Michael Hogan) "A national case-control study of homicide offending and gun
            ownership."  Presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology,
            Chicago.
 
  1997  "Crime, collective security, and gun ownership: a multi-level application of the General
            Social Surveys." Presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology,
            San Diego.

 1998   (with Brion Sever and Marc Gertz) "Testing a fundamental assumption of deterrence-based
            crime control policy."  Present­ed at the Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology,
            Washington, D.C.

 1998 "Measuring macro-level gun ownership levels." Present­ed at the Annual Meetings of the
            American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C.

  1999  "Can owning a gun really triple the owner's chances of being murdered?"  Presented at the
             Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology, Toronto.

 
* DISCUSSANT
 
  1981  Session on Gun Control Legislation, Annual Meetings of the American Society of
            Criminology, Washington, D.C.
 
  1984  Session on Criminal Sentencing, Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology,
            Cincinnati.
 
  1986  Session on Sentencing, Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta.
 
  1988  Session on Gun Ownership and Self-protection, Annual Meetings of the Popular Culture
            Association, Montreal.
 
  1991  Session on Gun Control, Annual Meetings of the American Statistical Association, Atlanta,
            Ga.
 
  1995  Session on International Drug Enforcement, Annual Meetings of the American Society of
            Criminology, Boston.
 
* CHAIR
 
  1989  Co-chair (with Merry Morash), roundtable session on problems in analyzing the National
            Crime Surveys. Annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology, Reno.
 
  1992  Chair, session on Interrupted Time Series Designs.  Annual meetings of the American
            Society of Criminology, New Orleans.
 
  1993  Chair, session on Guns, Gun Control, and Violence.   Annual meetings of the American
            Society of Criminology, Phoenix.
 
  1995  Chair, session on International Drug Enforcement. Annual meetings of the American Society
            of Criminology, Boston.

  1999   Chair, Author-Meets-Critics session, More Guns, Less Crime.  Annual meetings of the American
            Society of Criminology, Toronto.

 


*PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
 
Editorial consultant:

American Sociological Review
American Journal of Sociology
Social Forces
Social Problems
Law and Society Review
Social Science Research, Criminology
Journal of Quantitative Criminology
Justice Quarterly
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
Journal of Criminal Justice
Violence and Victims
Violence Against Women
New England Journal of Medicine
Journal of the American Medical Association
American Journal of Public Health
Journal of Homicide Studies


 
Grants consultant:

National Science Foundation, Sociology Program.
 
Member, Gene LeCarte Student Paper Committee, American Society of Criminology, 1990.
 
Area Chair, Methods Area, American Society of Criminology, annual meetings in Miami,
        November, 1994.

Division Chair, Guns Division, American Society of  Criminology, annual meetings in Washington, D.C.,
        November, 1998.

  Dissertation evaluator, University of Capetown, Union of South Africa, 1998.

  Division Chair, Guns Division, American Society of  Criminology, annual meetings in Washington, D.C.,
       November, 1999.


 
* UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Member, Master's Comprehensive Examination Committee, School of Criminology, 1979-1982.
 
Faculty Advisor, Lambda Alpha Epsilon (FSU chapter of American Criminal Justice Association), 1980-1988.
 
Faculty Senate Member, 1984-1992.
 
Carried out campus crime survey for President's Committee on Student Safety and Welfare, 1986.
 
Member, Strategic Planning and Budgeting Review Committee
 
Chair, Committee on Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination in Research Methods, School of Criminology, Summer,1986.

Member, Committee on Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination in

Research Methods, School of Criminology, Summer, 1986 to present.
 
Chair, Committee on Graduate Assistantships, School of Criminology, Spring, 1987.
 
Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Computers, School of Criminology, Fall, 1987.

Member, Recruitment Committee, School of Criminology, Spring, 1988; Spring, 1989; and 1989-90 academic year.

Member, Faculty Senate Committee on Computer-Related Curriculum, Spring, 1988 to Fall, 1989.
 
Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Merit Salary Distribution, School of Criminology, Spring, 1988.
 
Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Enrollment Strains, Spring, 1989

Member, Graduate Handbook Committee, School of Criminology, Spring, 1990
 
Member, Internal Advisement Committee, School of Criminology Spring, 1990
 
University Commencement Marshall, 1990 to 1993.

Member, School Teaching Incentive Program award committee.
 
Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee, 1994-1995.

Chair, Committee on Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination in

Research Methods, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 1994-1995.
 
Member, Committee on Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination in

Research Methods, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 1995-1996.

Member, University Computer and Information Resources Committee, 1995-present.
 
Member, University Fellowship Committee, 1995 to present.
 
Member, University Library Committee, 1996 to 1999.

Chair, Electronic Access Subcommittee, University Library Committee, 1998 to 1999.

Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Merit Salary Increase Allocation, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice,

                        1998-1999.

* PUBLIC SERVICE

Resource person, Subcommittee on Crime and Justice, (Florida House) Speaker's Advisory Committee on the Future, February 6-7, 1986, Florida State Capitol.

Television, radio, newspaper and magazine interviews concerning gun control, racial bias in sentencing, and the death penalty. Recent (since Jan., 1989) news media contacts include Newsweek, Time, U.S. News and World Report,

New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los

Angeles Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, Kansas City Star, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia News, Atlanta

Constitution, Atlanta Journal, Arizona Republican, San

Antonio Express-News, Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald,

Tampa Tribune, Jacksonville Times-Union, Women's' Day,

Harper's Bazaar, CBS-TV (60 Minutes; Street Stories) ABC-TV (World News Tonight; Nightline), NBC-TV (Nightly News), Cable News Network, Canadian Broadcasting Company, National Public Radio, and many others.
 
Testimony before the U.S. Congress, House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families, June 15, 1989.
 
Discussant, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences Symposium on the Understanding and Control of Violent Behavior, April 1-4, 1990, Destin, Florida.

Testimony before the Hawaii House Judiciary Committee,

Honolulu, Hawaii, March 12, 1994.
 
Briefing of the National Executive Institute, FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia, March 18, 1994.

Member, Drugs-Violence Task Force, U.S. Sentencing Commission, 1994-1996.
 
Testimony before the Pennsylvania Senate Select Committee to Investigate the Use of Automatic and Semiautomatic Firearms, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 16, 1994.
 
Briefing of the National Executive Institute, FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia, June 29, 1995
 
Speech to personnel in research branches of crime-related State of Florida agencies, Research and Statistics Conference, sponsored by the Office of the State Courts Administrator, October 19. 1995.

Speech to the Third Annual Legislative Workshop, sponsored  by the James Madison Institute and the Foundation for Florida's Future, February 5, 1998.

  Speech at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on the state's criminal justice research agenda, December, 1998.

  Briefing on news media coverage of guns and violence issues,  to the Criminal Justice Journalists organization, at  the American Society of Criminology annual meetings in Washington, D.C., November 12, 1998.

  Briefing on gun control strategies to the Rand Corporation conference on "Effective Strategies for Reducing Gun Violence,"  Santa Monica, Calif., January 21,  2000.

  Speech on deterrence to the faculty of the Florida State  University School of Law, February 10, 2000.


*OTHER ITEMS
 
Fellow, Pacific Institute.
 
Listed in 1997-98 Who's Who in the South and Southwest.

Participant in First National Workshop on the National Crime Survey, College Park, Maryland, July, 1987, co-sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the American Statistical Association.

Participant in Second National Workshop on the National Crime Survey, Washington, D.C., July, 1988.
 
Participant, Seton Hall Law School Conference on Gun Control, March 3, 1989
 
Colloquium on manipulation of statistics relevant to public policy, Statistics Department, Florida State University, October, 1992

Speech to faculty, students, and alumni at Silver Anniversary of Northeastern University College of Criminal Justice, May 15, 1993.
 
Speech to faculty and students at Department of Sociology, University of New Mexico, October, 1993.

Speech on the impact of gun control laws, annual meetings of the Justice Research and Statistics Association, October, 1993, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 
Delivered the annual Nettler Lecture at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, March 21, 1994.
 
Delivered lectures in the annual Provost's Lecture Series, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pa., September 19, 1994.



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