PhD Candidate Department of History
Undergraduate: Marietta College; B.A. in Psychology
Masters: Kent State University; M.A. in Applied Sociology
PhD: The Ohio State University; Urban Sociology
Field of Research: History of Appalachia; Early American History; Modern American History
Dissertation Topic: Floods and Flood Control Policy in Eastern Kentucky
Selected Publications: “Listening to Prisoners” A View from the Trenches: A Manual for Wardens by Wardens (The North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents) 1999
“Hard Times: Appalachians in Ohio’s Prison System” in Obermiller, Phillip, Ed.
Down Home Down Town: Urban Appalachians Today (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1996) pp 131-136
Selected Conferences and Presentations:
“Causes of Floods and the Emergence of Flood Control Policy in Southeastern Kentucky” eXtreme Appalachia: 42nd Appalachian Studies Conference, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA. March 10, 2017
“Citizen Participation in the Development of Pikeville, Kentucky Flood Control Policy,” Voices from the Misty Mountains: The 39th Annual Conference of the Appalachian Studies Association, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia. March 19, 2016.
“Cultural Observations of a Hillbilly in Iraq,” Communities in Action, Landscapes and Change, The 36th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference, Boone, NC. March 24, 2013
“Historiography of Appalachian Studies,” Piercing the Appalachian Experience, The 30th Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Maryville, OH. March 25, 2007
“Race Relations 101: Know What You’re Talking About” National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice 15th Annual Conference, Columbus, OH. October 28, 2002.
About Norman: I was raised in rural Whitely County, Kentucky and graduated from high school in an urban Appalachian neighborhood in Cincinnati, Oh. I earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Marietta College, a M.A. in applied sociology from Kent State University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from The Ohio State University. I currently hold ABD status in the history department as CWRU. I retired from the Ohio department of Rehabilitation and Correction, where I was prison warden for ten years. Upon retirement from corrections, I served fro fifteen months as a prison advisor in Iraq and Kurdistan. I currently work as a full-time non-tenure track assistant professor of sociology at Kent State University.