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Young Alumni Award -Dr. Kevin Steinmetz

Dr. Kevin Steinmetz photo

He was a “terrible” high school student – “lucky to get C’s” in most of his classes – and detested the regimentation and busywork. “I didn’t think I’d go to college and, if I did, I likely wouldn’t graduate.”

So how did such a wayward pupil become a noted educator-scholar at Kansas State University?

“Turns out EKU was exactly what I needed, a breath of fresh air,” declared Dr. Kevin Steinmetz, ’08, ’10.

“Here, I was in charge of my future, and it was up to me to take advantage of what was offered. I came out of EKU with a completely different attitude toward education and a greater sense of confidence about my abilities.”

It’s actually a common story among Eastern alumni, but there’s nothing ordinary about Dr. Steinmetz’s meteoric rise in the criminal justice field. After earning his doctorate, he was immediately hired as an assistant professor at KSU, an R-1 university where he mentors doctoral students and has been recognized for teaching excellence. During his third year at KSU, he was advised to apply for tenure – four years ahead of schedule. He did and was unanimously supported, a rare feat for such a young professor.

Much of Dr. Steinmetz’s research focuses on technocrime and control, as well as racial inequalities within the criminal justice system, encompassing popular culture and crime control issues such as hip-hop artists’ portrayal of criminal justice. His book, “Hacked: A Radical Approach to Hacker Culture and Crime,” was published by NYU Press in 2016. He was the editor for “Technocrime and Criminological Theory,” and is the second author for the upcoming third edition of Majid Yar’s “Cybercrime and Society.”

Dr. Kevin Steinmetz speaking to an audience

“For a working-class kid from Kentucky who went to regional universities, it’s a major honor to be working in a sociology program at a major state university that allows me to mentor graduate students and do my research,” said Steinmetz, whose wife is the former Pamela Schlich, ’09.

“I try to impart in my doctoral students a love of learning for learning’s sake and encourage them to be more productive than they believe themselves capable.” Much like a certain EKU alum who one day thought he’d never even go to college.


Join Kevin and other #ForeverColonels for the Alumni Awards and Pioneer Brunch on Saturday, October 20th. Register for this and other exciting Homecoming and Reunion Weekend festivities by visiting homecoming.eku.edu

Published on October 17, 2018

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