Staff profile

Roger Guy

Professor /Chairperson


444 Mahar Hall
roger guy

Roger Guy, Ph.D. is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Oswego. He began his career in law enforcement at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in the early 1990s in the division of Planning and Research where he worked on their first efforts at strategic planning. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has published in the areas of drug traficking in Mexico, community corrections, and correctional policy. His work has appeared in the Global Crime, the British Journal of Criminology, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, and Journal of Applied Social Science, Victims and Offenders, and Federal Probation. He has also published qualitative work based on ethnographic research in Chicago. His most recent book, a community study in a Chicago neighborhood, appeared in 2016 and published by Rowman and Littlefield. 


Selected Publications (Journal Articles)

Roger Guy and Piotr A. Chomczyński (2022) “Urban Marginality, Neighborhood Threats, and the Illicit Drug Trade in Mexico City.” (under review) Qualitative Sociology.

Piotr A. Chomczyński, Roger Guy, Elena Azaola. (2022)  “Experiential Perspectives of Recruitment Among Members of Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations.” (under review) Deviant Behavior.

Roger Guy, Piotr A. Chomczyński, and Rodrigo Cortina-Cortez (2022)  “The Vanishing Independent: Adapting to the Dynamics Drug Trafficking Organizations in Mexico,” Global Crime

Roger Guy (2022) “Southern Identity and Serendipitous Opportunity in Qualitative Research Among Appalachians in Chicago,” Humanity and Society.

Piotr A. Chomczyński, Roger Guy, and Rodrigo Cortina-Cortez (2022) “Weed Central: Cannabis Specialists and Polydrug Vendors in Mexico City,” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography,

Piotr A. Chomczyński and Roger Guy. (2021) “’Our Biographies Are the Same:’ Juvenile Work in Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations,” British Journal of Criminology Vol. 61 (4) 946-964.

Piotr A. Chomczyński, Roger Guy, and Rodrigo Cortina-Cortez (2019). “Front Business–Back Business: The Social Anatomy of Small-Time Drug Dealing in a Mexico City Neighborhood.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 48 (6), 750-772.

Piotr A. Chomczyński and Roger Guy. (2019) “Flying Under the Radar: Low-profile Drug Dealers in a Mexico City Neighbourhood.” Journal of Drug Issues Vol. 49 (2) 308-323

Roger Guy and Piotr A. Chomczyński, (2018) “Bioethics and Biosocial Criminology: Hurdling the Status Quo.” Ethics, Medicine and Public Health. Vol. 7 (4) 95-102

Monica Solinas-Saunders and Roger Guy (2014) “Ex-Offender Barriers to Employment: Racial Disparities in Labor Markets with Asymmetric Information,” Journal of Crime and Justice.

Mario A. Paparozzi, and Roger Guy, (2013) “The Trials and Tribulations of Implementing What Works: Training Rarely Trumps Values,” Federal Probation,  September.

Roger Guy (2013) “‘We Shall Not Be Moved’: Hank Williams Village and the Legacy ofAdvocacy Planning.” Humanity and Society, 37 (2):159-175.

Mario Paparozzi and Roger Guy (2012) “Is Public Safety Enhanced by Abandoning Juvenile Justice?” The Scientific Journal of the Faculty of Educational Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.

Roger Guy (2012) “Hank Williams Lives in Uptown: Appalachian Migrants and the Struggle Against Displacement in Chicago. Journal of Appalachian Studies, 18 (1/2):131-148.

Roger Guy (2011) “Applied Sociology, Community Corrections, and Reentry: A Primer for the More Successful Reintegration.” Journal of Applied Social Science, Vol. 4(1):40-52.

Roger Guy (2011) “Leaving Home and the Silencing of Self,Appalachian Journal, Vol. 38(2): 246-273.

Roger Guy (2010) “Of Voices Few and Far between: White Appalachian Women Migrants in Postwar Chicago, 1950-70.” Oral History Review, 37(1): 1-17.

Roger Guy (2009) “Cleaning Up After the Mess: The Individual-Community Nexus in Correctional Rehabilitation,” Journal of Applied Social Science, 3(2):10-23.

Mario Paparozzi and Roger Guy (2009) “The Giant That Never Woke: Parole Authorities as the Lynchpin to Evidence-Based Practices and Prisoner Reentry,Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 25 (4):397-411.

Roger Guy (2001) “Identity Pride and a Paycheck: Appalachian and Other Southern Women in Uptown, Chicago, 1950-1970,” Journal of Appalachian Studies, 7(1):46-63.

Roger Guy (2000) “The Media, Police, and Southern White Identity in Uptown, 1955-1970,Journal of Urban History, 26 (3):329-349.

Roger Guy (1997) “Down Home: Perception and Reality among Southern Whites in Chicago, 1955-1975,Oral History Review, 24(2): 35-52.

Roger Guy (1995) “Breaking Birds and Building Bonds: Democratization and Interaction and an Urban Trap Range,” Journal of Sport Behavior, 18 (1): 29-39.

Roger Guy (1995) “U.S. Welfare Policy in Historical Perspective” International Social Work, 38 (3): 299-310.

Publications (Book Chapters)

Mario Paparozzi and Roger Guy, 2013. “Reentry: Parole by Any Other Name” in John Smykla and Matthew Crow, eds. Offender Reentry in the 21st Century: Voices of Researchers and Practitioners, Boston: Jones and Bartlett.

Roger Guy and Mario Paparozzi (2011) “The Social Impact of an Aging Inmate Population on Prisoner Reentry,” (Lynne Rienner Publishers).

Mario Paparozzi and Roger Guy (2011) “Substance Abuse Technology: A Primer for Community Corrections Practitioners,” in Carl Leukefeld et al, eds, Handbook of Evidence Based Substance Abuse Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings. New York: Springer.

Publications (Books)

Roger Guy, (2016) When Architecture Meets Activism: The Transformative Experience of Hank Williams Village in the Windy City. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Roger Guy (2007) From Diversity to Unity: Southern and Appalachian Migrants in Uptown, 1955-1975. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 1996 (Urban Studies)
Fields: Race, Class, and Crime
Dissertation: Diversity to Unity: Uptown’s Southern Migrants,1950-1970.

M.P.A. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1990
Thesis: Selected Patterns of Stranger Rape in the City of Charlotte, 1984-1988

B.A. Hunter College, City University of New York, 1984

Classes taught

CRJ 230 Introduction to Corrections

CRJ 333 Crime Theories and Victimization

CRJ 300 Prisoner RIghts

CRJ 325 Poor and the Courts

CRJ 385 Drug and Crime

CRJ 366 Organized Crime