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Dr. Wood is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Program in Criminal Justice and Corrections at Mississippi State University. He is a Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center and a Research Associate in the Center for Computer Security Research. Wood’s interests include factors that motivate and reinforce habitual offending, formal and informal deterrence mechanisms, the impact of criminal justice sanctions on offender decision-making, and issues related to corrections policy and practice. He has conducted research in a variety of correctional settings and has served as principal or co-investigator on many funded projects, including; an examination of the use of the death penalty in Mississippi and other Southern states, an evaluation of the impact of Mississippi’s Truth-In-Sentencing law on the MS correctional system, studies on how offenders experience and rank the punitiveness of a range of criminal justice punishments in different states, and a recent national survey of cyber-crime victimization among household Internet users. Dr. Wood is currently President of the United Chapters of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honorary Society, and President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association. He serves on the editorial boards of Sociological Inquiry and the American Journal of Criminal Justice, and is a member of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and several other professional associations. His research has appeared in The Prison Journal, Crime and Delinquency, Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, Demography, Sociological Inquiry, and Journal of Crime and Justice.