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About Kenneth Tunnell

Kenneth Tunnell was born and raised in rural east Tennessee and currently makes his home in rural central Kentucky. He holds the Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from the University of Tennessee. He is a faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University where he publishes in the academic disciplines of sociology and criminology. His work has appeared in a variety of academic journals. He also is the author of four previous books – Choosing Crime (Nelson Hall), Political Crime in Contemporary America (Garland), Living Off Crime (Rowman & Littlefield), and Pissing on Demand: Workplace Drug Testing & the Rise of the Detox Industry (New York University Press).
Beyond academics, Tunnell’s interests are music and photography the latter of which he has studied (through short periods of instruction) with Berea, Kentucky’s Warren Brunner, Lisa Binnie at Edward Burtynsky’s Toronto Image Works, Richmond, Kentucky’s Tim Webb, and Tom Geisler of Knoxville, Tennessee. Once Upon a Place is Tunnell’s first photography book.


Present Professor--Criminal Justice, Eastern Kentucky University


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