Headshot of Prof. Jim Craig

Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Department Chair of Sociology

Teaching Professor of Veterans Studies and Sociology

Office: 574 Clark Hall
Phone: 314-516-6037
Email:  craigjr@umsl.edu


Before joining the Sociology faculty, Jim established the UMSL Student Veterans Center and founded UMSL’s innovative Veterans Studies Program, helping UMSL garner national recognition as both “Best for Vets” and “Military Friendly.  He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Veterans Studies and the executive board of the Veterans Studies Association. His 2015 paper, “Bounding Veterans Studies” has been widely recognized as a foundational document used to establish Veterans Studies Programs at many colleges around the country. Prior to his academic career, Jim served for  25 years as a soldier, as a cadet, and as an officer in the U.S. Army. He left the Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.


Master of Military Arts and Sciences (History), U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2006
Master of Public Administration (Security Policy), Harvard University, 2003
Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering), United States Military Academy, 1993

Research Interests:

The history and evolution of veteran support programs in America
Military culture and professionalism
Veteran literature from the post 9/11 wars

Courses regularly taught:

SOC 1010 - Introduction to Sociology

SOC 2801 – Veterans in American Society (also MVS 2100)

SOC 2802 – Gender and the Military (also MVS 2130)

SOC 3230 - Sociology Research Methods

SOC 3801 – Military Sociology (also MVS 3801)

SOC 3802 – Veteran Social Policy (Also MVS 3802)

MVS 4100 – Veteran Studies Capstone Course