William C. Watkins, PhD

Title/s:  Lecturer, Undergraduate Program Director and Internship Director

Office #:  Mundelein Center, Room 805C

Phone: 773.508.8864


CV Link: Watkin_CV


Dr. Will Watkins is an Instructor, Undergraduate Program Director, and Internship Director of Criminal Justice & Criminology at Loyola University Chicago. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Central Florida in 2012. His Master's degree is in Criminology from the University of South Florida (2009). He attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate education, where in 2005 he received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology while minoring in Crime & Justice. His research has been funded by the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch and is concentrated on issues related to criminal justice with a primary focus on substance abuse, a topic on which he has several scholarly publications. 

Before coming to Loyola, Dr. Watkins held faculty appointments at Indiana University Northwest (2017-2020), Central Connecticut State University (2013-2017), and West Virginia Wesleyan College (2012-2013). Most recently, he worked as a Research Analyst in Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority's (ICJIA) Research & Analysis Unit (2019-2020). 


2012  PhD, Sociology, University of Central Florida 

2008  M.A., Criminology, University of South Florida

2005  B.A., Pschology, University of Michigan 

                 Minor: Criminal Justice 

Research Interests

  • Substance use & abuse 
  • Violent crime 
  • Problem behavior among young adults
  • Delinquent subcultures 
  • Criminological theory 
  • Criminal justice policy 
  • Capital punishment
  • Quantitiative analysis 
  • Crime mapping & spatial analysis

Courses Taught

  • CJC 201- Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • CJC 205- Research Methods 
  • CJC 360- Substance Use & Crime 

Selected Publications

Watkins, W.C. (2016). Prescription drug misuse among college students: A comparison of motivational tyopologies, Journal of Drug Issues, 46(3), 216-233.

Watkins, W.C. (2016). A social learning approach to prescription drug misuse among college students. Deviant Behavior, 37(6), 601-614.

Watkins, W.C. A comparative analysis of drug and alcohol comorbidity across demographic cohorts. Western Society of Criminology Annual Conference, February 2017. Las Vegas, NV. 

Watkins, W.C. A comtemporary comparison of drug use trends among college and non-college enrolled young adults. American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, November 2017. New Orleans, LA.