Marian Borg



Associate Professor of Sociology

Undergraduate Coordinator, Sociology




Turlington 3364



By appointment







Marian J. Borg received her PhD from the University of Virginia in 1994. Her research focuses on the sociology of crime, deviance and social control and examines both legal and non-legal strategies of conflict management. Her publications have appeared in Criminology, Law and Society Review, and Deviant Behavior. Dr. Borg has been the Undergraduate Coordinator in Sociology since 2002 and has received University recognition as both a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year (1997) and Advisor of the Year (2007).




Areas of Specialization

  • Social Control

  • Deviance

  • Criminology

Marian Borg’s research examines various processes of social control including those involving the law, violent confrontation, surveillance and mediation. She addresses the central question: How does the structure of social relationships influence the strategies used by individuals or groups to respond to conflict?  Dr. Borg’s work has examined juvenile violence as conflict management, the use of the death penalty as a legal mechanism of social control, variation in clearance rates across US cities, small-claims mediation processes, and employee drug-testing as organizational surveillance.

Current Projects

Dr. Borg’s current research involves interviews with county court judges and focuses on their judicial philosophies, sentencing practices, inter-collegial relationships, and identity management.


  • Kristin M. Tennyson, Marian J. Borg and Bryan Lee Miller “Mobilizing Law in Latin America: An Evaluation of Black’s Theory in Brazil.” Law and Social Inquiry 2013 38:322-341

  • Marian J. Borg and Michael L. Radelet “On Botched Executions.” In Peter Hodgkinson and William Schabas, editors, Routes to Abolition: The Law and Practice of the Death Penalty.  2004  New York: Cambridge University Press.

  • Gang Lee, Ronald Akers and Marian J. Borg “Social Learning and Structural Factors in Adolescent Substance Use.” Western Criminology Review 2004 Volume 5

  • Karen F. Parker and Marian J. Borg “Black’s Use of Law and Homicide Clearance Rates: Modeling the Use of Law in the Context of Urban Areas.” In R. Robin Miller, Sandra Browning and Rodney Coates, editors, For the Common Good: A Critical Examination of Law and Social Control.  2002 Carolina Academic Press.

  • Marian J. Borg and Karen F. Parker “Mobilizing Law in Urban Areas: The Social Structure of Homicide Clearance Rates.” Law and Society Review 2001 35:435-466.

  • Marian J. Borg “Expressing Conflict, Neutralizing Blame and Making Concessions in Small Claims Mediation.” Law and Policy 2000 22:115-141.

  • Michael L. Radelet and Marian J. Borg “Recent Research on Capital Punishment: Changing the Nature of Contemporary Death Penalty Debates.” Annual Review of Sociology 2000 Volume 26:43-61.

  • Wade C. Myers and Marian J. Borg “Serial Offending Among Children and Adolescents.” In Louis B. Schlesinger, editor, Serial Offenders: Current Thought, Recent Findings and Unusual Syndromes.  2000 FL: CRC Press.

  • Marian J. Borg “Drug Testing in Organizations: Applying Horwitz’s Theory of the Effectiveness of Social Control.” Deviant Behavior 2000 21:123-154.

  • Michael L. Radelet and Marian J. Borg “Comment on Umbreit and Vos: Retributive versus Restorative Justice.” Homicide Studies: An Interdisciplinary and International Journal 2000 4:88-92.

  • Marian J. Borg Book Review of America’s Experiment with Capital Punishment: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of the Ultimate Penal Sanction, edited by James R. Acker, Robert M. Bohm and Charles S. Lanier. Contemporary Sociology 1999 28:355.

  • Marian J. Borg “Using Violence as Social Control: Applying A Theory of Conflict Management to Juvenile Disputes.” University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy 1999 10:313-339.

  • Marian J. Borg “The Effect of Vicarious Homicide Victimization on Support for Capital Punishment: A Test of Black’s Theory of Law.” Criminology 1998 36:537-568.

  • Marian J. Borg and Michael L. Radelet “Botched Lethal Injections.” Capital Report 1998 53:4-6.

  • Marian J. Borg “The Southern Subculture of Punitiveness? Regional Variation in Support for Capital Punishment.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 1997 34:25-45.

  • Marian J. Borg and William P. Arnold, M.D. “Social Monitoring as Social Control: The Case of Drug Testing in a Medical Workplace.” Sociological Forum 1997 12:441-460.

  • Marian J. Borg “The Structure of Social Monitoring in the Process of Social Control.” Deviant Behavior 1997 18:273-293.

  • Marian J. Borg Book review of Crime and Public Policy: Putting Theory to Work, edited by Hugh D. Barlow. Social Forces 1997 76:348-350.

  • Marian J. Borg “Conflict Management in the Modern World System.” Sociological Forum 1992 7:261-282.

  • Steven E. Finkel, Thomas M. Guterbock and Marian J. Borg “Race of Interviewer Effects in a Preelection Poll.” Public Opinion Quarterly 1991 55:313-330.

  • Marian J. Borg Book review of Child Abuse in the Deep South: Geographical Modifiers of Abuse Characteristics, by Lee W. Badger, et al. Criminal Justice Review 1990 15:260-262.

  • Charles L. Cappell, John P. Jarvis and Marian J. Borg “Alternative Indigent Defense Systems.” House Document #40:1-40.  Richmond, Commonwealth of Virginia, 1989.