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Professor, Sociology Department, Oregon State University

Sociology Professor Scott Akins came to Oregon State University in 2004, where he teaches classes both on campus and online. In addition to teaching, Scott has also served as a governor-appointed full member of the State of Oregon Law Enforcement Contacts Policy Committee and as a member of the Willamette Criminal Justice Commission. In 2014, Scott received the OSU College of Liberal Arts Master Teacher, Thomas R. Meehan Excellence in Teaching Award. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northern Arizona University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University. He is the author of four books and numerous articles on drug use policy.


  • –present
    Professor, Oregon State University


  • 2002 
    Washington State University, Sociology