Dr. Kevin D. Breault

Professor | Editor-in-Chief of Sociological Spectrum | Past President of the Mid-South Sociological Association (MSSA), Archivist of the MSSA

Dr. Kevin D. Breault
615-898-2696
Room 336, Andrew L. Todd Hall (TODD)
MTSU Box 10, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Virtual Covid-19 office hours (email) are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm busness hours M-F. 

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of Chicago (1986)
  • MA, University of Washington (1982)
  • BA, Reed College (1978)

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Epidemiology
  • Violent Crime, Deviance, Social Disorganization
  • Religion in America
  • Quantitative Research Methods, Epidemiology
  • Theory

Biography

Dr. Breault has a B.A. from Reed College, a M.A. from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, arguably the leading department of sociology in the world, from which he graduated first with a perfect gpa and was the department's nominee for the prestigious Harper Fellowship. At Chicago, Dr. Breault was one of only a few students in the modern period (prehaps the first) to get a paper published in the American Journal of Sociology. Since Chicago, Dr. Breault has...

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Dr. Breault has a B.A. from Reed College, a M.A. from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, arguably the leading department of sociology in the world, from which he graduated first with a perfect gpa and was the department's nominee for the prestigious Harper Fellowship. At Chicago, Dr. Breault was one of only a few students in the modern period (prehaps the first) to get a paper published in the American Journal of Sociology. Since Chicago, Dr. Breault has had a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and has taught at University of Cincinnati, Washington University, Austin Peay State University and has been at MTSU since 1999. Dr. Breault is a tenured full professor and has been Director of Graduate Studies at MTSU, and the Chair of the Sociology Program at Austin Peay State Univ. Professor Breault has dozens of publications and has published in all the major journals in sociology, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces. Some other journals include: Journal of Quantitative Criminology, British Journal of Sociology, Journal of Marriage and the Family, International Journal of Men's Health, Sociological Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Contemporary Sociology, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, Archives of Suicide Research, Social Science Research, Sociological Spectrum, and International Journal of Women's Health. His major interest is in social epidemiology and explores the social forces related to morbidity and mortality. He is internationally known for research on homicide, suicide, religious participation in the U.S., social control theory, and Emile Durkheim, the founder of scientific sociology. Dr. Breault has been noted in various publications including Wikipedia (one of few faculty members at MTSU to have such a page), Who's Who in America, he has hundreds of citations in the periodical literature (1,410 as of 9/20) and books, and dozens of media appearances, including televisions, newspapers and radio. Dr. Breault may have more "quality" citations (620 as of 9/20 = 44%), citations based on papers published in leading journals, than any other faculty member at MTSU. Dr. Breault has also published close to 25 papers with current and former students. He has served as President of the Mid-South Sociological Association (MSSA), is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sociological Spectrum, and serves as the Archivist of the MSSA. Breault does consulting work and his avocations include writing for the young adult book market and he is a competitive birder and chess player with a top five ranking in the American Birding Association. Dr. Breault is married to an attorney who does comporate work and has a child in graduate school in Chicago. He tries to keep out of trouble.

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Publications

45. Breault, K.D. with A. Kposowa & D. Ezzat. 2020. "Marital Status, Sex, and Suicide: New Longitudinal Findings and Durkheim's Marital Status Propositions," Sociological Spectrum, 2020, 2: 81-98.

44. Breault, K.D. with Marc Matre. 2020. "A History of the Mid-South Sociological Association," Sociological Spectrum2020, 5: 329-361.

43. Breault, K.D. with A. Kposowa and D. Ezzat. 2019. "New Findings on Gender: The Effects of Employment Status on Suicide,"...

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45. Breault, K.D. with A. Kposowa & D. Ezzat. 2020. "Marital Status, Sex, and Suicide: New Longitudinal Findings and Durkheim's Marital Status Propositions," Sociological Spectrum, 2020, 2: 81-98.

44. Breault, K.D. with Marc Matre. 2020. "A History of the Mid-South Sociological Association," Sociological Spectrum2020, 5: 329-361.

43. Breault, K.D. with A. Kposowa and D. Ezzat. 2019. "New Findings on Gender: The Effects of Employment Status on Suicide," International Journal of Women's Health, 11, 569-575.

42. Breault, K.D. with A. Kposowa. 2009. "Motor Vehicle Deaths among Men: Marital Status, Gender and Social Integration," International Journal of Men's Health, 8, 2, 129-142.

41. Breault, K.D. with L. Hampton and D. Brown. 2009 (In Press). "Replicating Suicide in America:Durkheim's 1897 Theory," in G. Carter (ed.), Empirical Approaches to Sociology, Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

40. Breault, K.D. with A Kposowa and J. McElvain. 2008. "Immigration and Suicide: The Role of Marital Status, Duration of Residence, and Social Integration,"; Archives of Suicide Research, 12, 1, 82-92.

39. Breault, K.D. with L. Farney and R. Aday. 2006. "Age Preference and 'How Old is Too Old' for Selected Service Providers and Young, Middle-aged and Older Adults," Journal of Educational Gerontology.

38. Breault, K.D. with A. Kposowa. 2005. "Race, Ethnicity and the Risk of Homicide Victimization in the United States: Results from the NHIS-MCD," Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 3, 21-46.

37. Breault, K.D. with C. Trail. 2005. "Teen Pregnancy, Substance Abuse, and Violent Criminality," in C.L. Frisby & Reynolds, C. (eds.), Comprehensive Handbook of Multicultural School Psychology, New York: Wiley.

36. Breault, K.D. with D. Brown. 2003. "Suicide in America: Durkheim's Enduring Ecological Correlation," in Carter, G. (ed.), Empirical Approaches to Sociology, Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

35. Breault, K.D. with T. Terrell. 2001. Book review of American Catholics: Gender Generation, and Commitment by William V. Dantonio, James D. Davidson, Dean Hoge & Katherine Meyer (eds.), AltaMira Press, Adelphi.edu/ci/REVIEWS.

34. Breault, K.D. 2001. "Durkheim's Theory of Suicide," in Faupel, C. (ed.), Self-Destructive Behavior and Disvalued Identity, Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior, (Bryant, C.D. ed.), Vol. 4, London: Taylor & Francis.

33. Breault, K.D. with L. Thuman. 2001. "Femicide," in Luckenbill, D. and Peck, D. I. (eds.), Crime and Juvenile Delinquency, Vol 2, Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior (Bryant, C.D., ed.), London: Taylor & Francis.

32. Breault, K.D. with K. Smith. 2001. "Minorities and Crime," in Luckenbill, D. and Peck, D.I. (eds) Drime and Juvenile Delinquency , Vol. 2, Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior (Bryant, C.D., ed), London: Taylor & Francis.

31. Breault, K.D. with K. Smith. 2001. "The Temporal Nature of Crime," in Luckenbill, D. and Peck, D.I. (eds.), Crime and Juvenile Delinquency, Vol. 2, Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior (Bryant, C.D., ed.), London: Taylor & Francis.

30. Breault, K.D. with A. Pennington. 2000. Book review of Religion and the New Immigrants: Continuities and Adaptations in Immigrant Congregations, by Helen R. Ebaugh & Janet Saltzman (eds), AltaMira Press, Adelphi.edu/ci/REVIEWS.

29. Breault, K.D. with A.J. Kposowa. 2000. "Social Integration and Marital Status: A Multivariate Individual-Level Study of 30,157 Suicides," in W.S.F. Pickering & G. Walford (eds), Durkheim's Suicide: A Century of Research and Debate, London, Routledge.

28. Breault, K.D. 1999. Book Review of "This Rash Act": Suicide Across the Life Cycle in the Victorian City, by Victor Bailey, Stanford University Press, American Journal of Sociology, 105,1, 243-44.

27. Breault, K.D. 1999. With Wings to Fly, Bloomington, IN: 1st Books (young adult book).

26. Breault, K.D. with A.J. Kposawa. 1998. "Temporal Factors and Homicide in the United States," Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 13, 5, 590-604.

25. Breault, K.D. 1998. "Suicide in America: A Test of Durkheim's Theory of Religious and Family Integration, 1933-1980," in G. Carter (ed.), Empirical Approaches to Sociology, New York: Allyn & Bacon.

24. Breault, K.D. with K. Rudder. 1998. Dickson, Humphreys & Montgomery County: A Comparative Educational Needs Assessment, Dickson: G.H. Weems Educational Fund.

23. Breault, K.D. with A.J. Kposowa. 1996. "The Effects of Marital Status on Adult Female Homicides in the United States," Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 13, 217-230.

22. Breault, K.D. with J.M. McClusky and P.H. Stoddard. 1996. Fair Housing Impediment Study for Clarksville/Montgomery County, Tennessee, Clarksville: Austin Peay State University.

21. Breault, K.D. with J.M McClusky and P.H. Stoddard. 1995. "Assessing the Human Service Needs of Montgomery County: A Comparative Statistical Portrait," Clarksville: Community Outreach Partnership Center of Austin Peay State University.

20. Breault, K.D. with A.J. Kposowa and G. Singh. 1995. "White Male Suicide in the United States: A Multivariate Individual Level Analysis," Social Forces, 74, 1, 315-325.

19. Breault, K.D. with A.J. Kposowa and B.B. Harrison. 1995. "Reassessing the Structural Covariates of Violent and Property Crime: A County Level Study," British Journal of Sociology, 46, 79-105.

18. Breault, K.D. with A.J. Kposowa and G. Singh. 1994. "The Effects of Marital Status and Social Isolation on Adult Male Homicides in the United States: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Mortality Study," Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 10, 3, 277-289.

17. Breault, K.D. 1994. "Was Durkheim Right?: A Critical Survey of the Empirical Literature on Le Suicide," in David Lester (ed.), Emile Durkheim, Le Suicide: One Hundred Years Later, Philadelphia: The Charles Press.

16. Breault, K.D. 1994. Book Review of Religion and Suicide in the African-American Community, by Kevin E. Early, Greenwood Press, Contemporary Sociology, 23, 421-22

15. Breault, K.D. with A.J. Kposowa. 1993. "Reassessing the Structural Covariates of U.S. Homicide Rates: A County Level Study," Sociological Focus, 26, 27-46.

14. Breault, K.D. 1989. "New Evidence on Religious Pluralism, Urbanism and Religious Participation," American Sociological Review, 54, 1048-53.

13. Breault, K.D. 1989. "A Reexamination of the Relationship Between Religious Diversity and Religious Adherence," American Sociological Review, 54, 1056-59.

12. Breault, K.D. 1988. "Beyond the Quick and Dirty: Problems Associated with Analyses Based on Small Samples of Large Ecological Aggregates," American Journal of Sociology, 93, 1479-86.

11. Breault, K.D. 1988. Book Review of Anomie: History and Meanings, by Mark Orru, Princeton University Press, Contemporary Sociology, 17, 716-17.

10. Breault, K.D. 1988. Book Review of Suicide as a Learned Behavior, by David Lester, Charles C. Thomas Press, Contemporary Sociology, 17, 366.

9. Breault, K.D. with A.J. Kposowa. 1987. "Explaining Divorce in the United States: A Study of 3,111 Counties, 1980," Journal of Marriage and the Family, 49, 549-58.

8. Breault, K.D. 1986. Four Hundred Years of Social Thought: Selected Publications, A Compilation of Significant Social Science Publications, 1516-1930, Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati Monograph.

7. Breault, K.D. 1986. "Suicide in America: A Test of Durkheim's Theory of Religious and Family Integration, 1933-1980," American Journal of Sociology, 92, 3, 628-56.

6. Breault, K.D. 1983. "Psychophysical Measurement and the Validity of the Modern Economic Approach: A Presentation of Methods and Preliminary Experiments," Social Science Research, 12, 187-203.

5. Breault, K.D. with K. Barkley. 1983. "Durkheim Scholarship and Suicideology: Different Approaches to the History of Social Thought and Different Interpretations of Suicide," Sociological Quarterly, 24, 629-36.

4. Breault, K.D. with K. Barkley. 1982. "A Comparative Analysis of Durkheim's Theory of Egoistic Suicide," Sociological Quarterly, 23, 321-31.

3. Breault, K.D. 1981. "The Modern Psychophysical Measurement of Marginal Utility: A Return to Introspective Cardinality?" Social Science Quarterly, 62, 672-85.

2. Breault, K.D. with R. Farrar. 1972. "Mixed Upland Forest and Edge," Breeding Bird Census, American Birds, 26, 6, 957.

1. Breault, K.D. with R. Farrar. 1972. "Rural Stream Border," Breeding Bird Census, American Birds, 26, 6, 1000-1001

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Presentations

Theses:

3. "Suicide in America: A Test of Durkheim's Theory of Religious and Family Integration" University of Chicago Ph.D. Thesis, 1986, committee: Terry N. Clark, Gary Becker, Gerald Suttles (published, American Journal of Sociology, 1986).

2. "Psychophysical Measurement and the Social Sciences: The Marginal Utility of Money and Commitment," University of Washington M.A. Thesis, 1982, H.M. Blalock advisor (published, Social Science Research, 1983.

1. "A Theory of th...

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Theses:

3. "Suicide in America: A Test of Durkheim's Theory of Religious and Family Integration" University of Chicago Ph.D. Thesis, 1986, committee: Terry N. Clark, Gary Becker, Gerald Suttles (published, American Journal of Sociology, 1986).

2. "Psychophysical Measurement and the Social Sciences: The Marginal Utility of Money and Commitment," University of Washington M.A. Thesis, 1982, H.M. Blalock advisor (published, Social Science Research, 1983.

1. "A Theory of the Value of Behavior and Suggestions Toward a Unified Theory of Value," Reed College B.A Thesis, 1978, Carl Stevens and William M. Wiest advisors (published, Social Science Quarterly, 1981).

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Awards

Selected Awards:

--Best Paper award, 2020

--Wikipedia entry, 2019

--Presidential Service Award, 2017

--Middle Tennessee State University Sabbatical Grant, 2009

--G.H. Weems Education Foundation Grant, 1997

--University of Chicago, Ogburn-Stouffer Fellow, 1987-88

--Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Fellowship, 1987

--University of Chicago Harper Fellowship Nominee, 1985

--Josephine de Karman Fellowship, ...

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Selected Awards:

--Best Paper award, 2020

--Wikipedia entry, 2019

--Presidential Service Award, 2017

--Middle Tennessee State University Sabbatical Grant, 2009

--G.H. Weems Education Foundation Grant, 1997

--University of Chicago, Ogburn-Stouffer Fellow, 1987-88

--Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Fellowship, 1987

--University of Chicago Harper Fellowship Nominee, 1985

--Josephine de Karman Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1984-85

--Research Fellow, Center for Social Organization Studies, University of Chicago, 1983-85.

--Graduate Fellowships, University of Chicago, 1983-85

--Teaching Assistantships, University of Washington, 1980-82

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Research / Scholarly Activity

See publications above.

Creative Activity

Current Research:

--Demographic Crisis and European Immigration (chapter)

--The Social Epidemiology of Violence (book)

--Epidemiology of Diabetes (paper)

In the Media

Reluctantly in the media.

Special Projects

Getting through the day.

Courses

Undergraduate Courses:

--Criminology

--Juvenile Delinquency

--Introduction to Sociology

--Sociology of Religion

--Research Methods

--Quantitative Methods

Graduate Courses:

--Theory

--Quantitative Methods

--Juvenile Delinquency

--Criminology

--Crime and Deviance