Dr. Clayton Peoples and Dr. James Sutton Publish Article in Tribute to Late Friend and Colleague Professor Rick Lundman

January 7, 2019
Richard Lundman

Research that was presented to the American Society of Criminology by Dr. Peoples and Dr. Sutton in tribute to Dr. Rick Lundman was recently published in Deviant Behavior.  A publisher’s link has been shared for the full version of the paper with people who knew Dr. Lundman (and with others who do work in the area of organizational deviance).  The article is entitled Congress as a Deviant Organization: An Application of Ermann and Lundman’s Organizational Deviance Framework, and the full article can be accessed here:


Abstract:  "In 1978, Ermann and Lundman put forth the most sophisticated organizational deviance framework to date. They conceptualized organizational deviance as actions by an organization that interfere with the flow of benefits to actors with legitimate claims upon that organization. Further, they stipulated that these claims are protected by “controlling organizations.” We apply Ermann and Lundman’s framework to Congress and conclude that it is a deviant organization. We then contemplate the challenges to social control that congressional deviance poses, and contend that the “exempt status” enjoyed by Congress – in that it writes its own rules and polices itself – should be removed."

In Memoriam  -  Richard J. Lundman, Professor - Ohio State University (1944-2015)

Richard J. Lundman, of Bethany Beach, Delaware, died on July 7, 2015. Rick was born on April 19, 1944, to the late Oscar Yngve and Mabel Josephine Lundman in Chicago, Illinois, where he spent his childhood. He attended Beloit College, graduating in 1966, and completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Minnesota in 1973 after receiving an M.A. in Sociology at the University of Illinois.

He was a professor at the University of Delaware from 1972 to 1975, before moving to Columbus to teach at The Ohio State University. Professor Lundman taught sociology at Ohio State for 40 years, retiring May 2015.  He once explained that his passion for teaching came from a desire to honor his students’ commitment to learning. During his tenure, he taught more than 15,000 students and received many teaching awards, including The Ohio State University Distinguished Teaching Award.

Professor Lundman published books and papers on police and policing, white collar and organizational deviance, and juvenile delinquency. More than 200 of his former students, many of whom were inspired by his Police and Policing class, are employed by the Columbus Police Department.

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Clayton D. Peoples

Clayton D. Peoples is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he also serves as Director of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies (SSRJS). He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from The Ohio State University. His research and teaching interests span stratification/inequality, social movements, political corruption, and related themes. He has recently published in Crime, Law, and Social Change and The Sociological Quarterly, among other outlets.

James E. Sutton

James E. Sutton received his Ph.D. in Sociology from The Ohio State University. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, where he currently serves as Chair of the Department of Sociology and Chair of the Institutional Review Board. His teaching and research interests include corrections, juvenile delinquency, research methods, and state-corporate crime.