John F. Galliher

John F. Galliher
Professor Emeritus

Ph.D. University of Indiana

Research and Teaching: 

My research has focused on three main areas: the origins of criminal law and the biography, or intellectual history, or sociology as a discipline and of individual sociologists.

For 25 years I have been writing articles and books dealing with the origins of law, concentrating on drug prohibitions and death penalty statues. My first book in this area dealt with drug laws, titled Morals Legislation without Morality. In addition, numerous articles have dealt with death and drug penalties. Included in this are several comparative studies set in locales as diverse as Hong Kong, Iceland, Northern Ireland. I now have a monograph under contract which will deal with American states which have abolished capital punishment. I have written two articles dealing with the late L.L. Bernard, an early 20th century sociologist associated with several leading American universities.

I have written a monograph on the late Edwin Sutherland, often referred to as the dean of American criminology, as well as a monograph on Albert McClung Lee and Elizabeth Briant Lee, the founders of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. I am currently finishing a biography of the late Alfred R. Lindesmith, a sociologist at Indiana University who fought single-handedly for humane rational drug control policies in the United States. This research combines my interest in biography and drug policy. Indeed, the inspiration for all my biographical work is found in a search for sociology's contribution to more informed and less putative social policy. As a part of this examination of the discipline I have had a continuing interest in the ethical standards of contemporary American sociology and have published several articles on this topic.


  • Contemporary Corrections
  • Criminology (Soc 3600)
  • Introduction to Peace Studies
Select Publications: 

Galliher, John, D. Keys, and M. Elsner. 1998. "Lindsmith v. Anslinger: an Early Government Victory in the Failed War on Drugs." Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 88, pp. 661-682.

Galliher, John. 1998. "Comment on Weinberg's 'Linsmith on Addiction'." Sociological Theory, Vol. 16, pp. 205-206.