Keith Akins

Keith Akins

Keith Akins, Ph.D.
Director of Criminal Justice-Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Phone: (361) 570-4274

‌‌‌Dr. J. Keith Akins is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Houston-Victoria. He came to UHV in 2008 from New Mexico State University where he was on the teaching faculty in Criminal Justice. Dr. Akins has also worked for the Anti-Defamation League and the University of North Florida and is a partially disabled veteran of the US Army.

Dr. Akins attained his MA and PhD in anthropology and religion from the University of Florida, and his BA in history from Florida State University.

Dr. Akins has presented papers at several academic conferences and written or co-authored several journal articles. His primary expertise is in religious and group violence, particularly hate crimes and terrorism.

Selected Publications:

2016    Akins, JK & LT Winfree.  “Social Learning Theory and Becoming a Terrorist: New Challenges for a General Theory.” In (Lafree & Freilich, eds.) Handbook on the Criminology of Terrorism.  Wiley.

2012    “Skinheads.”  In Jeffrey Ian Ross (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America.  Sage (encyclopedia entry).

2010    “Eric Rudolph” In Jeffrey Ian Ross (Ed.), Religion and Violence: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict from Antiquity to the Present. M.E. Sharpe (encyclopedia entry).

2008    LT Winfree & JK Akins, “Extending the Boundaries of Social Learning Theory: The Case of Suicide Bombers in Gaza,” International Journal of Criminal Justice.  Vol. 3, Issue 1 (June 2008).

2008    Book Review: Aman, M. (2007). Preventing Terrorist Suicide Attacks. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. International Criminal Justice Review March 2008 18: 113-114.

2007    Encyclopedia of Race and Racism.  Consulting Editor and Contributor.  New York: MacMillan Library Reference.  Authored entries “The Ku Klux Klan,” “David Duke,” and “British Skinheads.”

2007    Akins, JK. “A Broader Conceptualization of Islam and Terrorism,” Joint Forces Quarterly 45; March 2007.

2006    Akins, JK. “The Ku Klux Klan: America’s Forgotten Terrorists,” The Law Enforcement Executive Forum; January 2006; v.5, no.7, p. 127-141.

2004    The Ku Klux Klan in America.  New York: ADL Publications.

2003    “Edward Fields and the America First Party” and “The National Association for the Advancement of White People,” in Extremism in America.  New York: ADL Publications.

2002    “The Ku Klux Klan” and “Richard Barrett,” in Extremism in America.  New York: ADL Publications.

2000    T Ellerbrock, BD Stratford, JK Akins, and HL Hall. “Highway Cowboys, Old Hands, and Christian Truckers: HIV-Related Behavior Among Long-Haul Truckers in Florida.” Social Science and Medicine; March 2000; v.50, no.5, p. 737-749.