Current Position

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Santa Barbara City College (2015-Present)
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Office: IDC 362

Past Positions

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2013-2015)
Graduate Instructor of Record, University of Colorado at Boulder (2007-2013)
Graduate Instructor of Record, Ohio University (2006-2007)

Education

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder (May 2013)
Dissertation: Sorry for Partying: Substance Use, Socialization, and Social Control on the American College Campus
Chair and Advisor: Dr. Patricia A. Adler

M.A. Sociology, Ohio University, June 2006
Thesis: The Intoxicated Self: An Exploratory Study of a University Student Sample.
Chair and Advisor: Dr. Thomas Vander Ven

B.S.S. Sociology & Criminology, Ohio University, June 2004

Teaching Professionalization and Awards

2013-2014. Sociology and Criminology, Comprehensive Exam Committee: Student Learning Objectives and Assessment, Dean’s Office, UW-Whitewater.

2013-2014. FYP Faculty Teaching Workshops (Sessions: Reflective College Teaching, Grading and Assessment, Classroom Motivation, Student Retention). UW-Whitewater, LEARN Center. $2000.

2014. Faculty Institute for Online/Blended Teaching. UW-Whitewater, Deans Office and Learning and Technology Center (LTC). $1000.

2012. Organizer. ASA Workshop: "Teaching Sociology for Graduate Student Instructors." Student Forum Advisory Board (SFAB), American Sociological Association, Denver, CO. August.

2011. Department Nominee and University Finalist. Graduate Instructor Teaching Excellence Award, The Graduate School, Office of the Dean. University of Colorado at Boulder.

2010. United Government of Graduate Students’ Colorado Graduate Instructor of the Year Award. University of Colorado at Boulder.

2010. Department Nominee and University Finalist. Graduate Instructor Teaching Excellence Award, The Graduate School, Office of the Dean. University of Colorado at Boulder.

2006. Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award. Department of Sociology. Ohio University.

2006. Distinguished Alumnus (Teaching and Research Award). University College Award. Ohio University.

Research and Publications

Books

Berger, Ronald J., Marvin D. Free Jr., Patrick K. O’Brien and Melissa Deller. 2015. Crime, Justice, and Society 4th Edition. Boulder, CO: Lynne-Reinner.

Adler, Patricia A., Peter Adler, and Patrick K. O’Brien. [eds]. 2012. Drugs and the American Dream. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Journal Articles

O'Brien, Patrick K. 2013. "Medical Marijuana and Social Control: Escaping Criminalization and Embracing Medicalization." Deviant Behavior 34:423-443.

Vander Ven, Thomas, and Patrick K. O’Brien. 2011."The Morning After: The Definition and Management of Post-Intoxication Illness in a University Student Sample." International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice, and Law. 4(1-2): 163-70.

Other Publications

O’Brien, Patrick K., Patricia A. Adler, and Peter Adler. 2016. "Deviant Identity." Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition.

O’Brien, Patrick K. 2014. "Mother’s Against Drunk Driving." Alcohol. SAGE.

O’Brien, Patrick K. 2014. "Bar Hopping." Alcohol. SAGE.

O’Brien, Patrick K. 2014. "The Bloody Mary." Under review at Alcohol. SAGE.

O’Brien, Patrick K. 2014. "Social Control." Encyclopedia of Social Deviance, edited by Heith Copes and Craig J. Forsyth. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

O’Brien, Patrick K. and Alex Pollard-Lipkis. 2014. " Drug Legalization." Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics, edited by Bruce A. Arrigo. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

O’Brien, Patrick K. 2013. "Criminal Facilitation." Encyclopedia of White-Collar and Corporate Crime, 2nd Edition, edited by Lawrence M. Salinger and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

O'Brien, Patrick K. 2013. "Street Crime Defined." Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America, edited by Jeffrey Ian Ross. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

O'Brien, Patrick K. 2013. "Organized Crime and Violence." Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America, edited by Jeffrey Ian Ross. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

O’Brien, Patrick K. 2012. "Irish Americans." The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America, edited by Wilbur Miller and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

O’Brien, Patrick K. 2012. "American Civil Liberties Union." The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America, edited by Wilbur Miller and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

O'Brien, Patrick K. 2012. "Dayton, OH." The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America, edited by Wilbur Miller and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

O’Brien, Patrick K., and Marshall Smith. 2012. "Pornography." The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America, edited by Wilbur Miller and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

O’Brien, Patrick K. 2011. "Colorado Laws and Programs." Pp. 150-152 in Encyclopedia of Drug Policy, edited by Mark Kleiman, James Hawdon, and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

O’Brien, Patrick K. 2011. "Partnership For A Drug Free America." Pp. 634-636 in Encyclopedia of Drug Policy, edited by Mark Kleiman, James Hawdon, and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Research Awards

2012. First Place, American Sociological Association. Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Section Graduate Student Paper Award.

2012. First Place, Society for the Study of Social Problems. Crime and Delinquency Division Graduate Student Paper Award.

2010. First Place, Society for the Study of Social Problems. Bruce Johnson Drinking and Drugs Division Graduate Student Paper Award.

2010. First Place, Department of Sociology Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award. University of Colorado at Boulder. $500.

Professional Presentations

2012. Patrick K. O’Brien. "Medical Marijuana and Social Control: Embracing Medicalization and Escaping Criminalization." American Society of Criminology. Chicago, IL. November.

2012. Patrick K. O’Brien. "State Control of Medical Marijuana." Society for the Study of Social Problems Meeting, Denver, CO. August.

2011. Patrick K. O'Brien. "Embracing Legal Regulation." Society for the Study of Social Problems Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. August.

2010. Patrick K. O’Brien. "Learning and Maturing: The ‘Deviant’ Career of University Partiers." Society for the Study of Social Problems Meeting, Atlanta, GA. August.

2010. Patrick K. O’Brien. "Masculinized Femininity: College Women Drink Like Men, Act Like Ladies." Student Paper Award Presentation. Society for the Study of Social Problems Meeting. Atlanta, GA. August.

2009. Patrick K. O’Brien. "The Maintenance of Femininity in the Masculine Culture of University Drinking." Society for the Study of Social Problems Meeting. San Francisco, CA. August.

2008. Thomas Vander Ven, Patrick K. O’Brien, and Rachel Lewandowski. "Adventures in Drunkland: An Exploratory Study." Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. Boston, MA. August.

2007. Thomas Vander Ven and Patrick K. O’Brien. "The Looking Glass Drunk: Self, Identity and Alcohol Abuse Among University Students." Mid-South Sociological Association. Mobile, AL. October.

2005. Patrick K. O’Brien. "The Self and Intoxication: A Study of a University Student Sample." Society for the Study of Social Problems. Philadelphia, PA. August.

Participation in Annual Meetings

2014. Panel Organizer and Moderator, "Academic Freedom and Its Discontents." With Dr. Patricia A. Adler. The Wisconsin Sociological Association, Whitewater, WI. October.

2014. Panel Organizer, "Preparation for Application to Graduate School in the Social Sciences." With Dr. Peter Adler. The Wisconsin Sociological Association, Whitewater, WI. October.

2014. Organizer and Presider, SSSP Regular Session: "Unintended Consequences of the War on Drugs I." Society for the Study of Social Problems, San Francisco, CA. August.

2014. Organizer and Presider, SSSP Regular Session: "Unintended Consequences of the War on Drugs II." Society for the Study of Social Problems, San Francisco, CA. August

2012. Presider, ASA Regular Session: "Substance Use, Abuse, and Treatment." American Sociological Association, Denver, CO. August.

2012. Panel Organizer (with B. Pratt and J. Smith), ASA Session: "Citizenship Rights, Public Policy, and Inequality." Student Forum, American Sociological Association, Denver, CO. August.

2012. Panel Organizer and Presider (with B. Pratt and J. Smith), ASA Session: "Ethnography and Microsociology across the Spectrum." Student Forum, American Sociological Association, Denver, CO. August.

2012. Panel Organizer, ASA Roundtable Sessions: "Education, Status, and Occupation," "Social Change and Cultural Networks," and "Health, Poverty, and Aging." Student Forum, American Sociological Association, Denver, CO. August.

2012. Panel Organizer and Presider (with A. Thompson), "Shifting Interpretations of Intoxication." Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Denver, CO. August.

Service

Departmental Service and University Service

2013-2014. Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology, Department Grade Appeal Committee, UW-Whitewater.

2013. Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology, Faculty Search Committee, UW-Whitewater.

2011. Elected Member, Sociology Department Graduate Representative, United Government of Graduate Students, University of Colorado at Boulder.

2010 – 2011. Elected Member, Graduate Student Association Co-Chair. Department of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder.

2010 – 2011. Elected Member, Chapter Vice-President, Alpha Kappa Delta: International Sociology Honors Society. University of Colorado at Boulder, Beta Chapter.

2008 – 2010. Elected Member, Chapter President, Alpha Kappa Delta: International Sociology Honors Society. University of Colorado at Boulder, Beta Chapter.

2007 – 2012. Board of Directors, Research Division, SEMS (Student Emergency Medical Services Foundation), Alcohol Abuse Prevention, 535 16th St. Suite 390B Denver, CO.

June 2008 – June 2011. Academic Tutor, Athletic Department, University of Colorado at Boulder.

National Service (Elected Positions)

2012 – 2014. ASA Council Member, Division of Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco.

2011 – 2012. Chair, American Sociological Association Student Forum Advisory Board.

2011 – 2013. Elected Member, Board of Directors, Student Representative. Society for the Study of Social Problems.

2010 – 2011. Treasurer and Secretary, American Sociological Association Student Forum Advisory Board.

2010 – 2012. Elected Member, Board Member, American Sociological Association Student Forum Advisory Board, Nominations and Elections Sub-Committee (2010) and Student Travel Awards Subcommittee (2010).

National Service

2012. Paper Reviewer, ASA Student Forum Panel Sessions and Roundtable Sessions, American Sociological Association, Denver, CO.

2011 – 2012. Bruce Johnson Student Paper Awards Committee, Drinking and Drugs Division, Society for the Study of Social Problems.

2011 – 2012. Denver Reception Planning Committee, Drinking and Drugs Division, Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Ad Hoc Manuscript Reviewer

American Journal of Sociology
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
Journal of Drug Issues
Addiction Research and Theory
Criminology
International Journal of Drug Policy

Membership in Professional Associations

American Sociological Association (Member 2008 – 2013)

Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco
Crime, Law, and Deviance
Society for the Study of Social Problems (Member 2005 – 2014)

Crime and Juvenile Delinquency
Drinking and Drugs
American Society of Criminology (Member 2011 – 2013)

Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology Honor Society: UCB December 2006 – 2013)