Gordon Abra

Criminology & Sociology


Social Psychology (small groups), Criminology, Sociology of Law, Social Networks, Video Games


Dr. Abra is jointly appointed as a lecturer between the Departments of Sociology and Communication. His primary interest is in Social Power and the mechanisms of its expression and maintenance.  Recently he has become interested in the social structure and motivation of cheaters.
At UCSB he teaches Criminology, Communication in Multiple Contexts, and Communication Honors Courses. Previously, he taught Sociology of Law, Social Psychology, Social Theory, Research Methods, and the Sociology of Gender.
Dr. Abra holds an M.A. & Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Arizona, and a B.A.(Hons) from the University of Calgary.