In Memoriam

Carr, Patrick

pcarrProfessor Patrick Carr served on the faculty of the Sociology Department from 2005 to 2020. His research focused on young people and policing, youth violence and social control, and the transition to adulthood. He was the author of several books, including (with Maria Kefalas) Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What it Means for America (2009, Beacon Press) and Clean Streets: Controlling Crime, Maintaining Order and Building Community Activism (2005, NYU Press). His work appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Criminology, Sociological Forum, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Race and Justice, and other peer reviewed outlets. He also co-edited Coming of Age in America: the Transition to Adulthood in the Twenty-First Century (University of California Press, 2011).

Professor Carr’s work was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and on NPR and he published opinion editorials in The Root, The Huffington Post and The Atlantic (online). He spoke passionately about the rural brain drain and redevelopment all over the American Heartland, as well as about police-community co-production of order. Professor Carr taught courses on crime, policing and qualitative methods, and served for six years as the director of the Criminal Justice Program at Rutgers.

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Leggett, John C.


Professor John Leggett served on the faculty of the Sociology department from 1971 to 2004. His research, teaching, and activism focused on labor-related issues, unemployment and occupational health in central NJ, and race and working-class consciousness.

Professor Leggett published several well-received books, including Taking State Power: Sources and Consequences of Political Challenge (Harper & Row); Class, Race, and Labor: Working Class Consciousness in Detroit (OUP); and the satirical The Eighteen Stages of Love (a book that he and his wife, Rutgers Historian and Women’s Studies professor, Lora Dee Garrison) developed in the Erma Bombeck comedic self-analysis genre craze of the 1980s. He was the recipient of many awards, including a Ford Foundation fellow (1954-1955) and the Rutgers Distinguished Faculty Person Award, Livingston College Association Graduates (1987). In 2011, the ASA section on Marxist sociology honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, please consider making a donation to the Rutgers Sociology Gift Fund in Memory of Professor John C. Leggett. Funds will be given to like-minded undergraduate and graduate students in his name.

Professor Leggett's obituary is available here.

Zablocki, Benjamin

Benjamin ZablockiProfessor Ben Zablocki served on the faculty of the Sociology department from 1977 to 2012, including a three-year term as graduate program director, followed by another three years as department chair. His interests included the sociology of religion, community, the social psychology of influence and charisma, the sociology of the adult life course, and the relationship between believing and belonging over time. His research and teaching encompassed many of these themes.

Professor Zablocki published widely on charismatic movements, cults and brainwashing, including his books The Joyful Community, Alienation and Charisma, and Misunderstanding Cults. Professor Zablocki was the principal investigator of the Urban Communes Data Set, a rich set of longitudinal network data from naturally occurring groups of adults available for sociological research. His research was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Templeton Foundation.