The world is a
dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are
but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
- Albert Einstein -
Mike Carlie was born in St. Louis,
Missouri, in 1944. He attended the University of Missouri (Columbia)
where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1966 and a Master of Arts
in 1967. In 1967 Dr. Carlie received a
scholarship from the Midwest Center for Social Research on Aging to
attend Washington University (St. Louis) where he received a Ph.D. in
sociology. At that time his
areas of specialization included gerontology and social psychology. His
interest in criminology and criminal justice were to surface only two
years after receiving his PhD.
Dr. Carlie has taught at the University of
Missouri in St. Louis (UMSL, 1970-1972), Ball State University (Muncie,
IN, 1972-1986) and at Missouri State University in Springfield Missouri
(1986-2010). Dr. Carlie is now an Emeritus Professor of sociology and
criminology at Missouri State University.
From 1970 to his retirement in 2010 Dr. Carlie conducted research,
provided consulting services and published in the field of criminal
justice. He taught a variety of courses including an Introduction to
Sociology, Social Gerontology, Social Problems, Social Inquiry,
Sociological Theory, The Gang Phenomenon, Corrections, Policing in
American Society, Capital Punishment, Crime and the Media and a course
which introduced students to the both the juvenile- and criminal justice
systems in the United States.
Over his forty years as a practicing academic Dr. Carlie served on
various community agency boards that dealt directly with problems
associated with delinquency and crime. He was also a consultant to the
Departments of Corrections in Indiana and Missouri, President of the
Board of group homes for delinquent youth, a member of the United States
Department of Justice's Criminal Justice Planning Agency and spent six
years teaching inside a state penitentiary. While employed as an
academic, Dr. Carlie was an author, lecturer, guest speaker, and
advisor, and while retired, continues to serve as a member of the
Springfield Advocates for Youth Advisory Board in Springfield, MO.
Dr. Carlie was the co-author, with Dr. Kevin I. Minor, of the
Prisons Around the World
and the author of the online book
Into the Abyss: A Journey into the World of Street Gangs.
Into the Abyss
has been adopted by law enforcement and correctional treatment agencies
across the United States and in Canada by the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police. His online book was the result of 10 years of field research
into street gangs during which time he interviewed gang members and rode
with police gang units across the United States, with the Amsterdam
Police (Politie) and Scotland Yard (London, England). He also
interviewed probation and parole officers with gang member case
loads, school security personnel, counselors, politicians and others
with a vested interest in the gang phenomenon. He also conducted a
thorough review of the gang-related. His most recent article (“Why Gangs
Form”) appeared in the January, 2008, issue of the
Canadian Journal of Criminology & Criminal
Now retired, Dr. Carlie enjoys his daily workouts, reading, visiting
with friends and making music. He has been an avid guitar and piano
player and a singer since childhood.
Michael K. Carlie
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