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Gregory Dunaway, Ph.D.

Dean of the Eberly College of Arts & Sciences

Gregory Dunaway, an award-winning educator and sociologist, is the dean of West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Dunaway is the former Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Mississippi State University, where he spent 25 years of his career.

Dunaway is the former Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Mississippi State University. Prior to his appointment in 2013, he served as the associate dean for academic and student affairs (2011-2012) and was also the Thomas Bailey Professor of Sociology and former department head of sociology (2008-2011). He is also a Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center at MSU.

His research interests include examining social factors associated with crime and delinquency; trends, inequality and crime and justice; and criminal justice policy. He has conducted research on a number of justice programs in Mississippi, including performing an evaluation of Mississippi’s Drug Court Program, a survey of Mississippi’s Juvenile Detention Facilities and a study on disproportionate minority contact within the Mississippi juvenile justice system. Dunaway has won both teaching and administrative service awards at Mississippi State. He is the immediate past president of the Southern Criminal Justice Association. He earned his B.A. from Loyola University Maryland (1982) and his M.S. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Cincinnati (1988, 1991).