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Thomas McNulty

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Associate Professor

Dr. Thomas McNulty, Associate Professor of Sociology, has been at the University of Georgia since 1996. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University at Albany (SUNY) in 1996. His specialty areas include criminology and urban sociology.  Dr. McNulty's recent work focuses on testing multilevel theoretical models of racial and ethnic disparities in crime/violence, with emphasis on the intersection of individual differences and family, school, and neighborhood contexts. Related research stresses the role of persistent exposure to material hardship in the onset of externalizing and aggressive behavior in childhood, with implications for delinquency in adolescence.   

  • Ph.D., Sociology, The State University of New York at Albany, 1996
  • M.A.,  Sociology, The State University of New York at Albany, 1990
  • B.A., Sociology, The State University of New York at Albany, 1988
Selected Publications:

Paul E. Bellair, Thomas L. McNulty, Vincent J. Roscigno & Man Kit (Karlo) Lei.  2021. “Childhood Material Hardship and Externalizing Behavior.”  Justice Quarterly, 38(3):454-478.  DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2019.1584326. 

                Winner Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Donal MacNamara Best Paper Award 2022.


Carlson, Dan, Paul E. Bellair, and Thomas L. McNulty. 2021. “Duration-Weighted Exposure to Neighborhood Disadvantage and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Adolescent Sexual Behavior.”  Journal of Health and Social Behavior


Of Note:
  • 2004-2009. Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Services Grant (#04056). "Sociocultural and Community Risk and Protective Factors for Child Maltreatment and Youth Violence." [$1,978,700].