Dr. Gary Potter

  • Associate Dean, Professor

Bio  •  Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Department: School of Justice Studies
  • Office: Stratton 348A
  • Mailing Address: Stratton 467
  • Email: Gary.Potter@eku.edu
  • Phone: (859)622-7884
  • Office Hours: Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm


Dr. Gary Potter has authored eight books, including Drugs in Society, Criminal Organizations, Organized Crime, Controversies in White Collar Crime, Constructing Crime, and The Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice. He has also been published in several journals, including Crime, Law and Social Change, the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Criminal Justice and Corruption and Reform.

Dr. Potter is currently doing research on transnational organized crime, human trafficking and the sex industry, and drug trafficking by teenagers in rural Kentucky.

May 1988, Doctor of Philosophy in Community Systems Planning and Development, emphasis in criminal justice, the Pennsylvania State University. Dissertation entitled A Case Study of Organized Crime in a Declining Industrial City.

November 1974, Bachelor of Science in Community Development, the Pennsylvania State University.

Kappeler, Victor, Mark Blumberg, and Gary W. Potter. 2004. (1996,1993) The Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice. 4th edition. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press.

Lyman, Michael and Gary W. Potter. 2004. (2000, 1997). Organized Crime. 3rd edition. New York: Prentice-Hall.

Potter, Gary W. 2002. Controversies in White Collar Crime. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson.

Lyman, Michael and Gary W. Potter. 2002. (1998,1996, 1991). Drugs in Society. 4th edition. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson.

Potter, Gary W. And Victor E. Kappeler. 1998. Constructing Crime: Perspectives on Making News and Social Problems. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland.

Potter, Gary W. 1994. Criminal Organizations: Vice, Racketeering, and Politics in an American City. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland.

Potter, Gary W. 1986. The Porn Merchants. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Potter, Gary W. and Philip Jenkins. 1985. The City and the Syndicate: Organizing Crime in Philadelphia. Lexington, MA: Ginn Press.

He has also been widely published in journals such as, The Advocate: A Journal of Criminal Justice Education and Research; Criminal Organizations; Crime, Law & Social Change; Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice; Ethics and Fairness in Criminal Justice; and Corruption and Reform.

Ongoing Research 
Organized Crime, Vice, Social Construction of Crime, Corporate and White Collar Crime

Dr. Potter is currently doing research on transnational organized crime and illicit services offered in the environment of legal casino gambling such as, prostitution, extramural betting, loan sharking and drugs.


Intellectual Contributions 2010-2015



Subject  TitleDatesLocationTerm
CRJ 331Perspectives Crime & Delinque  Internet Classes SITESummer 2017
CRJ 401Organized Crime  Internet Classes SITESummer 2017
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