John C. Durst

Part-time Associate Professor of Sociology/Anthropology


B.A., Kent State University
M.A., Ohio University
Ph.D., Ohio State University


John Durst has been at Ohio Wesleyan since 1986. Previously, he taught at Ohio University and Ohio State University. Durst’s research interests are in the area of family life, criminology, and mental health. His dissertation was a work on prison organization entitled “Social and Structural Factors which Influence Prison Environments.”

Currently, besides his course offerings, JD is the Co-Director (with Paul Dean) of the new Social Justice Major, coordinates Urban Life Center Internships in Chicago and is involved with the Travel Learning Course "The Civil Rights Trial". 

Research-wise, JD continues with researching migration issues of college educated Appalachians and has begun to formulate a project on community development distinguishing revitalization efforts to gentrification.  Most of all, after 48 years of teaching, Durst still enjoys the classroom and interacting with his students.

Areas of Interest / Expertise 

  • Criminology
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Punishment and Society
  • Rural/Appalachia
  • Immigration
  • Mental Health
  • Social Justice 
  • Urban/Community Studies
  • Revitalization of Neighborhoods

Contact Info


Elliott Hall 211B
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015

P 740-368-3090