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Kenneth Colburn

Emeritus Faculty Emeriti
Kenneth Colburn

kcolburn@butler.edu
317-940-9767

Professor Emeritus Ken Colburn was a tenured, full-time Butler faculty member in the Sociology and Criminology Department since August, 1987, prior to his retirement in December 2020. Prior to joining Butler, Ken held faculty appointments at IUPUI and DePauw University. He earned his PH.D. and Masters degrees in Sociology from York University (Toronto, Canada); and his B.A. in Philosophy and Sociology from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ).  Ken served as Department Chair from 1991 through 1999. During his career he published 25 articles in such journals as: The Canadian Journal of Sociology; Human Studies; Journal for the Liberal Arts and SciencesTheory and Society; Society; Sociological InquiryThe Sociological Quarterly; Clinical Sociology Review as well as in book chapters. While keenly interested in theoretical issues and research related to community and deviance, Ken also undertook applied research including the homelessness within Indianapolis. He served from 2010-2020 as the Senior Editor of the Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences (currently The Midwest Social Sciences Journal); and Ken founded and served as  the Inaugural Editor of the Butler Journal for Undergraduate Research) from 2013 to 2020.