Dr Douglas Pryor



Contact Info

CLA, Room 3336


Ph.D., Sociology, Indiana University, 1994
M.A., Applied Sociology, Northern Arizona University, 1985
B.S., Sociology, Northern Arizona University, 1980

Areas of Expertise

Sex Crimes
Fear of Crime
Interpersonal Violence
Social Deviance
Sexual Identity
Interpretive Sociology
Qualitative Interviewing
Grounded Theory


Doug Pryor came to Towson University in 1996. He earned his Ph.D in sociology from Indiana University--Bloomington. Previously he taught at Wake Forest University, Southern Illinois University--Carbondale, and in the Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University. He is co-author of Dual Attraction: Understanding Bisexuality (Oxford University Press) and author of Unspeakable Acts: Why Men Sexually Abuse Children (NYU Press). The first book has been translated into Portuguese, the second into Polish. His current research interests focus on fear of crime among college women. Since arriving at Towson, he served as Chair (and Acting Chair) of the department for nine years. He also served as Co-Chair of the Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee, with Towson University receiving full reaccreditation in 2011, and is Past President of the Towson University AAUP Faculty Association. Currently he is serving as Co-Chair of the Provost Faculty Workload Committee.

Journal Articles

Hughes, Marion R.; Gaines, Jonathon S.; & Douglas W. Pryor (2015) “Staying Away from School: Adolescents Who Miss School Due to Feeling Unsafe.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 13 (3): 270-290.

Pryor, Douglas W. & Marion R. Hughes (2013) “Fear of Rape Among College Women: A Social Psychological Analysis.” Violence and Victims, 28 (3-June):443-465.

Weinberg, Martin S.; Williams, Colin J. & Douglas W. Pryor (2001) “Bisexuals at Midlife: Commitment, Salience, and Identity.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 30:180-208.