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Sociology and Criminology & Law

Marian Borg



Associate Professor

Undergraduate Coordinator, Sociology


PhD Sociology, University of Virginia, 1994

Areas of Interest

  • Social Control and Deviance
  • Criminology


My research examines various processes of social control including those involving the law, violent confrontation, surveillance and mediation. The central question I address is: How does the structure of social relationships influence the strategies used by individuals or groups to respond to conflict?  My 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.  My current research involves interviews with county court judges and focuses on their judicial philosophies, sentencing practices, inter-collegial relationships, and identity management.


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).

Recent publication with two former graduate students

Mobilizing Law in Latin America: An Evaluation of Black’s Theory in Brazil. Kristin Tennyson Graham, Marian J. Borg and Bryan Lee Miller. Law & Social Inquiry, Spring 2013. Our publication is a product of the collaborative work occurring between Sociology faculty and graduate students in the Criminology & Law program. Krissy Tennyson and Bryan Miller received their PhD’s in Criminology & Law in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Our research addresses two separate but related questions. First, to what extent are sociological theories proposed to explain legal behavior in Western societies applicable in non-Western contexts? And second, to what degree is Black’s theory of law generalizable, as he contends, “across time and space?” Our research merges these questions by exploring the applicability of Black’s theory in a Latin American context using data collected from a nationally representative sample in Brazil.

Phone: (352) 294-7168

Room: 3364

Office Hours, Fall 2013:

  • Tuesday 11:45am-1:45pm
  • Thursday 12:45pm – 2:00pm
  • And by appointment