Erik Fritsvold

Erik Fritsvold


Phone: (619)260-4026

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Erik Fritsvold

Assistant Professor of Criminology/Sociology
Criminology, Law & Society
The Politics of Law & Crime Management

Erik has been a full-time faculty member at USD in various capacities since 2005. Broadly construed, Erik’s areas of expertise include Criminology, Law & Society, the politics of law and crime management, social theory and research methods. Substantive and research foci include: the war on drugs, white-collar crime, social movements, Eco-terrorism, the death penalty, social justice and the contentious process of attempting to balance social control and individual freedoms.

Additionally, Erik serves as the faculty advisor to the USD Surf Team, AKD the Sociology Honor Society and the Sociology Club. Grounded in an interdisciplinary and proactive dedication to social problems, Erik teaches a host of classes in Sociology, Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies. Course offerings range from preceptorial courses for incoming freshman, to capstone courses in the CJLS concentration to research-intensive Independent Study courses for senior sociology majors. Specific courses include: Corrections, Drugs & Society, Independent Study, Introduction to Sociology, Law & Society, Social Deviance, Social Control and Sociology of Sports.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Department of Criminology, Law & Society. University of California at Irvine
  • MA, Social Ecology, emphasis Criminology, Law & Society. University of California at Irvine
  • BA, Sociology, University of San Diego


  • Mohamed, Rafik A., & Erik Fritsvold. (2010) "Selling Drugs on Campus," in Alex Thio, Thomas C. Calhoun, and Addrain Conyers (eds.), Readings in Deviant Behavior , 6th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon
  • Mohamed, Rafik A., and Erik D. Fritsvold. (2010). Dorm Room Dealers: Drugs and the Privileges of Race and Class. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers
  • Fritsvold, Erik. (2009). “Under the Law: Legal Consciousness & Radical Environmental Activism.” Law & Social Inquiry , v34, issue 4, 799—824
  • Fritsvold, E. (2007). “Introduction to Sociology: Character Participation”. Classroom Activities for Introduction to Sociology Courses . December 2007. Wadsworth Publishing.
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