Dr. Patrick O’Brien earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He also received his M.A. in sociology and his B.S. in specialized studies (B.S.S.) in sociology and criminology from Ohio University. Dr. O’Brien’s dissertation, Sorry for Partying: Substance Use, Socialization, and Social Control on the American College Campus, drew upon six years of ethnographic data to examine the formal and informal control mechanisms that regulate university students’ drug and alcohol use. His research also explored shifting cannabis laws and policies, specifically examining the medicalization and legalization of marijuana in the state of Colorado. Dr. O’Brien has been teaching at the college level for over a decade instructing lower-division introductory courses in sociology, criminology, deviance and social problems while additionally creating upper-division specialty courses focusing on drugs, punishment, criminality, and the law. His primary academic interests include criminology, social control, deviance, drug laws, media, and qualitative methodology.