David May

Department / Division

  • Sociology
  • Social Science Research Center
  • African American Studies
  • Criminology


  • Professor


Email: dmay@soc.msstate.edu
Phone: 662-325-7877



  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Sociology, Mississippi State University, 1997
  • Master of Science (M.S.), Sociology, Mississippi State University, 1994
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Criminal Justice, University of North Alabama, 1992
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Sociology, University of North Alabama, 1992



  • Fear of Crime in the United States: Causes, Consequences, and Contradictions. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press. 2014

Book, Chapter

  • “Desistance from Crime during Reintegration.” . Female Offender and Reentry: Pathways and Barriers to Returning to Society. Ed. Lisa Carter and Catherine D. Marcum. New York, NY, US: Routledge. 308-329. 2018

Conference Paper

  • He Can Read Your Mind: Perceptions of a Character-Guessing Robot.  26th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2017). 2017
  • Simulating Group Formations that Arise in Pedestrian Traffic.  IISE Annual Conference and Expo 2017. 2017

Conference Proceeding

Journal Article

  • Understanding Responses to Bullying from the Parent Perspective. Frontier in Education, Educational Psychology Section. Volume 6, Page 181. 2021
  • Social Contagion in Bullying: an Examination of Strains and Types of Bullying Victimization in Peer NetworksAmerican Journal of Criminal Justice. Volume 46, Issue 5, Pages 748-769. 2021
  • Helmet Prototype Response Time Assessment using NCAA Division 1 Collegiate Football Athletes. International Journal of Kinesiology & Sports Science. Volume 7, Issue 4, Pages 53-65. 2019
  • User Expectation of Privacy in Robot Assisted TherapyPaladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics. Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 140-159. 2019
  • Are Black Robots Like Black People? Examining How Negative Stigmas about Race Are Applied to Colored Robots. Sociological Inquiry. Volume 88, Issue 4, Pages 626-648. 2018
  • Understanding Human Response to the Presence and Actions of Unmanned Ground Vehicle Systems in Field Environment. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems. Volume 48, Issue 4, Pages 325-336. 2018
  • Strategies to Combat Bullying: Parental Responses to Bullies, Bystanders, and Victims. Youth & Society. Volume 51, Issue 3, Pages 358-376. 2018
  • Do School Resource Officers Really Refer Juveniles to the Juvenile Justice System for Less Serious Offenses?. Criminal Justice Policy Review . Volume 29, Pages 89-105. 2018
  • Simulation modeling of pedestrian behavior in the presence of unmanned mobile robotsSimulation Modelling Practice and Theory. Volume 75, Pages 96-112. 2017
  • Survey of Factors for the Prediction of Human Comfort with a Non-anthropomorphic Robot in Public SpacesInternational Journal of Social Robotics. Volume 9, Issue 2, Pages 165-180. 2017
  • To be committed or not: Examining effects of personal and workplace variables on the organizational commitment of Southern prison staff. Criminal Justice Studies. Volume 30, Issue 3, Pages 223-239. 2017
  • “Rural/Urban Differences in Inmate Perceptions of the Punitiveness of Prison: Does Having Children Make Prison More Punitive?. Journal of Rural Social Sciences. Volume 31, Issue 2, Pages 35-61. 2016
  • Predicting adolescent fear of crime through the lens of general strain theorySociological Focus. Volume 48, Issue 2, Pages 172-189. 2015

Published Abstract

  • Recollections of Childhood Bullying. Annual Meetings of the Southern Criminal Justice Association. 2021
  • Who Do Children Like to be Interviewed By? Robots or Humans. Alabama/Mississippi Sociological Association Meetings. 2019


Oral Presentation

  • "Using virtual environments to better measure fear of crime." 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, , Chicago, IL. 2022
  • "Developing Training and Solutions to Deal with Trauma among Corrections Officers." Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences , Las Vegas, NV. 2021


  • "“The Relationship Between “Soldiering On” and Prison Experiences: Do Veteran Inmates Find Prison Less Punitive than Non-Veterans?”." Southern Criminal Justice Association , Southern Criminal Justice Association , New Orleans, LA. 2017