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About Patrick F. Gillham

Patrick Gillham is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. He earned a B.A. in Sociology at Eastern College and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Gillham taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage at the University of Idaho prior to coming to Western in 2015.

Dr. Gillham seeks to understand the sources of violence in society, variants of social control applied by the state, and collective resistance to violence and repression. He is currently engaged in two research projects. The first explores changes in the policing of protest in the western democracies and activist responses to these changes. The second analyzes the impact of and response to newly implemented laws in states that allow concealed weapons to be carried on public universities.

Professor Gillham enjoys incorporating his research into the classroom and providing students the opportunity to work with him on research projects. He teaches courses in social theory, inequalities in justice, policing, violence and society, social movements, globalization, and social change. He integrates an international perspective into many courses in order to address the complexity and inequality evident in our interconnected and globally stratified world.


Present Assistant Professor of Sociology, Western Washington University Department of Sociology

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Western Washington University
Sociology Department Arntzen Hall 502
516 High Street, MS-9081 Bellingham, WA 98225
Office Phone: 360.650.3006


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