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, along with colleague Ted Cohen, he is in the final stages of writing and publishing a work in the family area that examines unique family lifestyles, particularly where there is a greater amount of fatherhood involvement than normal. He is in the data collection stages of a study that will compare the outcome differences of a mentally ill criminal offender being placed in a prison environment versus a forensic mental health unit. He recently completed an article entitled “Sense of Identity and Community among Northern Appalachians,” which studies transitions, change, and identity in bordering neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Most of all, after 25 years of teaching, Durst still enjoys the classroom and interacting with his students.


Areas of Interest / Expertise 

  • Family life
  • Criminology
  • Mental health
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Appalachian studies
  • Community studies

Contact Info


Slocum Hall 335
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015

P 740-368-3090