Teaching Interests

I am particularly interested in teaching: crime, deviance and social control; criminological theory; community and crime; community and urban sociology; family and the life course; and social research methods.


I am committed to providing high quality teaching. At Mercer University, I have designed and taught introductory sociology, deviance, and marriage and family courses. At NC State, I have designed and taught (1) a face-to-face undergraduate course on deviance and social control, and (2) both a face-to-face and an online undergraduate courses on sociological research methods. I also served as a lab instructor for sociological research methods and served as TA for various courses including social class; criminology; institutions of social control; and sociology of law.


Peer-Reviewed Pedagogical Publications:

  • Kawaguchi, Riku. 2019. “Give Methods a Chance Paper.” Assignment published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. (http://www.asanet.org/teaching-learning/trails). See the abstract and other basic information about this assignment here.

Teaching Experience:

Instructor of Record at Mercer University
  • Introductory Sociology, Fall 2019, Spring 2020
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice, Spring 2020
  • Deviance, Fall 2019
  • Marriage and Family: Diversity and Change, Fall 2019
  • Criminology, Spring 2020
Instructor of Record at North Carolina State University
  • Social Research Methods (online), Summer 2018, Summer 2019
  • Social Research Methods (face-to-face), Spring 2019
  • Social Deviance (face-to-face), Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018
Lab Instructor at North Carolina State University
  • Sociological Research Methods (online), Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Summer 2017.
  • Sociological Research Methods (face-to-face), fall 2015
Assistant Instructor at North Carolina State University
  • Technology in Society and Culture (Online), Summer 2015, Summer 2017

Teaching Portfolio:

You can find more information about my teaching in my teaching portfolio, which includes my teaching experience, an extended teaching statement, a summary of official class evaluation by students, a summary of informal student feedback survey, and sample syllabi and assignments. Click here to see my teaching portfolio.

Also available is unofficial evaluation at ratemyprofessors.com.

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