Ph.D., Louisiana State University; M.A., Louisiana State University; B.A., George Peabody College of Vanderbilt
Dr. Dee Wood Harper, Jr., earned a B.A. from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. His dissertation research focused on cultural differences in patterns of aging among rural people of Louisiana. He was also awarded a National Institute of Mental Health post-doctoral fellowship (1973-74) in social psychiatry from the Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Social Psychiatry Unit focusing on the administration of drug abuse programs.
Dr. Harper’s scholarly research, spanning over 40 years, has been wide-ranging, addressing issues in gerontology, sociology of education, epidemiology of addiction, sociology of tourism and crime, and more recently, the death penalty and violent crime and deviance.
Dr. Harper’s work has been published in such journals as American Journal of Sociology, Sociological Spectrum, Annals of Tourism Research, International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Applications, Proceeding: Artificial Intelligence Applications Conference, Homicide Studies and Criminal Justice Review as well as chapters in edited volumes and encyclopedia entries including recently published volumes, Tourism, Security and Safety (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006) in which he examines tourists crime victimization and The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007) in which he examines the impact of hurricane Katrina on property crime. Dr. Harper currently has research papers under review with Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, Deviant Behavior, Sociological Spectrum and American Journal of Economics and Sociology. He regularly presents his research, sometimes in collaboration with colleagues including graduate students, at the American Society of Criminology, The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Southern Sociological Society, British Society of Criminology, and the European Society of Criminology.
Dr. Harper has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on 17 federal, state, corporate and private foundation grants beginning in 1965 while still a graduate student.
Dr. Harper’s career at Loyola University New Orleans began in 1976; he received tenure in 1980 and was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 1988. In 1999 he received the prestigious Anthony Waters Distinguished Teaching Award, in 2004 the Loyola University City College Distinguished Service Award, and in 2007 Dr. Harper was named College of Social Sciences Professor of the Year. He has been inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta national sociology honor society, Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society, and Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Dr. Harper has served as the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in the Master of Criminal Justice Program. His professional memberships include the American Society of Criminology, European Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Southern Sociological Society. Dr. Harper has served on every major standing committee of the university and presently serves on the University Rank and Tenure Committee, Faculty Handbook Revision Committee, University Budget Committee, and the University Senate.