Raymond R. Swisher

raymond swisherProfessor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies


  • PhD, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MCRP, City and Regional Planning, The Ohio State University
  • BA, Geography, The Ohio State University

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Swisher teaches and does research in the areas of criminology and family. His research focuses on risk factors in the lives of low income families, particularly those living in disadvantaged neighborhoods. His collaborators include BGSU undergrads, graduate students, and departmental colleagues.

With colleagues Kuhl and Chavez, he recently received funding from NICHD to examine the relationship between changes in neighborhood poverty over time, and trajectories of delinquency and violence across the life course. This research builds on a recent paper published in Social Forces, which examines trajectories of neighborhood poverty in the transition to adulthood, with attention to inequalities across racial and ethnic subgroups.

Another line of work examines the collateral consequences of parental incarceration for families and children. He and colleagues have found parental incarceration to increase risks of depression, delinquency, marijuana and other hard drug use, and future crime and incarceration. These studies have been published in journals such as Criminology, Addiction, and the Journal of Research on Adolescence. Swisher spoke about this research at the White House, as part of a NSF and American Bar Foundation sponsored conference “Parental Incarceration in the United States: Bringing Together Research and Policy to Reduce Collateral Costs to Children.”

In a third line of research he is examining the consequences of exposure to violence and neighborhood poverty for adolescent survival expectations, their sense of certainly that they will survive into adulthood. With a former BGSU graduate student, this research has appeared in theJournal of Research on Adolescence.