Steve Gunkel

Steven E. Gunkel
Associate Teaching Professor

B.A.   Washington State University
M.A.   Washington State University
Ph.D.  Indiana University 

Telephone: (336) 758-5466
Office: 001A Kirby





Steve Gunkel joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2011 after having served as the Director of Criminal Justice and Criminology (sociology) Programs at Greensboro College (2009-2011) and Doane College (1996-2008), respectively. Within this same time frame, and on an intermittent basis, he had the opportunity to offer a wide range of sociology courses at Wake Forest. Dr. Gunkel’s scholarly interests are tied primarily to criminology and social inequality. His two most recent publications (with Ana-Maria Wahl) explore the mobilization of law as it relates to: a) the criminalization of immigration and the human rights issues underlying detention as an enforcement strategy; and b) attempts to curtail labor militancy and activism within the meatpacking industry.  He also recently published three entries in the Encyclopedia of White-Collar and Corporate Crime (2nd Edition): “Bernard L. Madoff”; “Times Beach (Dioxin) Contamination”; and “Insider Trading Sanctions Act (1984).” 

Dr. Gunkel will serve as President-Elect of the North Carolina Sociological Association for 2015.  He was recently promoted to Senior Faculty Fellow within the WFU Faculty Fellows Program (FFP). Within FFP, he is partnering with Professors Wahl and Abigail Perdue (School of Law) to facilitate the transition of first-year students living in Luter Hall to the Wake learning community.



SOC151: Principles of Sociology
SOC152: Social Problems
SOC154: Sociology of Deviant Behavior
SOC271: Social Statistics
SOC272: Research Methods in Sociology
SOC303: Business and Society
SOC339: Family Violence
SOC340: Corrections
SOC341: Criminology
SOC342: Juvenile Delinquency
SOC343: Sociology of Law
SOC352: White-Collar Crime
SOC359: Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC397: Honors Individual Study