Dr. David C. May is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. He is also a
Kentucky Center for School Safety Research Fellow at Eastern Kentucky University. He
received his Ph.D. in Sociology with emphasis in Criminology from Mississippi State
University in 1997 and joined the faculty at Eastern Kentucky University in 2001. Dr. May
has coauthored an Introduction to Corrections textbook, a book on perceptions of the
punitiveness of prison, and two books examining gun possession and use among juveniles.
His research interests include the causes and cures of juvenile delinquency, fear of
criminal victimization among adults and adolescents, predictors of gun possession and use
among juveniles, crime in schools, and perceptions of sentence severity among adults. In
his spare time, David is heavily involved in scouting and youth sport activities. 



Predictors of Fear and Risk of Terrorism in a Rural State (with Joe Herbert, Kelly Cline, and Ashley Nellis), International Journal of Rural Criminology (2011)

This article examines attitudes about terrorism utilizing criminological literature about fear of crime and perceived...



Nonsocial Versus Social Reinforcers Contrasting Theoretical Perspectives on Repetitive Serious Delinquency and Drug Use (with Jennifer Stevens, Nancy Rice, and G. Roger Jarjoura), Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice (2011)

A wide variety of theoretical perspectives demonstrate an association with delinquency. Recently, a number of...



Assessing Facilitator Performance as an Influence on Student Satisfaction (with Scotty Dunlap), Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration (2011)

Growth in class size within the online environment has resulted in a facilitator model in...



Low Self-Control, Deviant Peer Associations, and Juvenile Cyberdeviance (with Adam M. Bossler and Thomas J. Holt), American Journal of Criminal Justice-Online First (2011)

Gottfredson and Hirschi’s (1990) general theory of crime and Akers’ (1998) social learning theory have...



Predicting Online Harassment Victimization Among a Juvenile Population (with Adam M, Bossler and Thomas J. Holt), Youth & Society (2011)

Online harassment can consist of threatening, worrisome, emotionally hurtful, or sexual messages delivered via an...