John Ellington Godard

John Godard
Associate Professor
(818) 677-4050
Office location:
SN 333



Ph.D. Sociology, University of Virginia, 2005
M.A. Sociology, University of Virginia, 1995
B.A. Sociology & Government, University of Virginia, 1993

Specialty Areas: Statistics, Research Methods, Social Control, Law.

Research and Interests

I am a self-consciously scientific sociologist who employs the epistemological and theoretical strategies developed by Donald Black – pure sociology and social geometry. My theoretical interests concern sociological patterns in how conflicts are handled, particularly between those who have relatively little information about each other. I have studied related empirical behavior in online settings, reality shows, and classrooms. I also serve as a statistical and survey consultant, particularly to non-profits and those serving non-profits, and have extensive experience in evaluations and assessments of a wide range of services and social settings.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

  • SOC 150: Introductory Sociology
  • SOC 250: Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice
  • SOC 304OL: Sociology of Deviance
  • SOC 355: Criminology
  • SOC 348: Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 345: Social Psychology
  • SOC 340: Sociology of Work
  • SOC 424/L: Statistical Techniques in Social Research and Lab
  • SOC 434: Sociology of Law
  • SOC 497/L: Social Research Methods Lecture/Lab
  • SOC 498AEE: The Sociological Experience

Graduate Courses

  • SOC 582R: Special Topics: Sociologies of Cyberspace
  • SOC 690: Quantitative Research Methods
  • SOC 695C: Graduate Proseminar in Sociology
  • SOC 696A: Directed Graduate Research
  • SOC 699A: Independent Study


Journal Articles

Godard, Ellis and David A. Lopez. 2013. “Nazi Uniform Fetish and Role Playing: A Subculture of Erotic Evil.” Popular Culture Review 24(1): 69-78.

Godard, Ellis. 2012. “Professional Dress: Consequences of Cultural Distance in the Classroom.” Popular Culture Review 23(1): 83-92.

Book Chapters

Godard, Ellis. 2003. “Reel Life: The Social Geometry of Reality Shows.” Pp. 73-96 in Survivor Lessons: Essays on Communication and Reality Television, 1st edition,
          edited by M. J. Smith and A. F. Wood. Jefferson City, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc.

Encyclopedia Entries

Godard, Ellis. 2011. “Mildred Cleghorn (1910-1997)” Pp. 355-357 in Women Criminals: Encyclopedia of People and Issues - Volume One, edited by V. Jensen.
          Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Godard, Ellis. 2011. “The Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi.” Pp. 605-609 in Women Criminals: Encyclopedia of People and Issues - Volume One, edited
          by V. Jensen. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Godard, Ellis. 2011. “Charlotte Anita Whitney (1867-1955)” Pp. 637-641in Women Criminals: Encyclopedia of People and Issues - Volume One, edited
          by V. Jensen Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Godard, Ellis. 2000. (“Social Control”, “Social Change”, “Structure”, “Morality”, “Homelessness”, and “Computer Applications in Sociology”) in The World of
, edited by J. M. Palmisano. Detroit, MI: Gale Group.


Godard, John Ellington, Jr. 2005. “The Moral Order of Cyberspace: Social Structure and Conflict Management on the Internet.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of
          Virginia. Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database.