Criminology Department

James W. Messerschmidt

Chair and Professor


120 Bedford Street, Portland

Office Hours Fall 2014

By Appointment

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-4753

James W. Messerschmidt received his Ph.D. from the Criminology Institute in the Department of Sociology at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. He teaches White-Collar Crime, Gender and Crime, and Political Crime. His research interests focus on the interrelation of gender, race, class, sexuality and crime. 

Recent Publications

Forthcoming Publications:

Crime as Structured Action: Doing Masculinity, Race, Class, Sexuality, and Crime. Second Edition. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, August 2013).


Gender, Heterosexuality, and Youth Violence: The Struggle for Recognition (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012).

Hegemonic Masculinities and Camouflaged Politics: Unmasking the Bush Dynasty and Its War Against Iraq. (Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2010)

Criminology (with Piers Beirne), 5th Edition (NY: Oxford University Press, 2010)

Articles and Chapters:

"Hegemonic Masculinities and the "Selling" of War: Lessons from George W. Bush."  Rethinking Transnational Men: Beyond, Between, and Within Nations, edited by Jeff Hearn, Marina Blagojevic and Katherine Harrison. (NY: Routledge, 2013).

"Engendering Gendered Knowledge: Assessing the Academic Appropriation of Hegemonic Masculinity," Men and Masculinities, 15(1) 2012: 56-76.

"The Struggle for Heterofeminine Recognition: Bullying, Embodiment, and Reactive Sexual Offending by Adolescent Girls." Feminist Criminology, 6(3) 2011: 203-233.

"Masculinities" (with Stephen Tomsen).  In W. DeKeseredy and M. Dragiewicz, eds. Handbook of Critical Criminology.  (NY: Routledge. 2011)