Gary D. Brinker received his M.A. in Sociology in
1994 and his Ph.D. in Applied Sociology in 1997 from Baylor University.
He currently holds a duel appointment as Professor of
Sociology and Director of the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University.
Dr. Brinker's teaching interests include research
methods, social problems and quantitative analysis. In addition to his extensive applied community research
agenda, Dr. Brinker has published in a variety of areas including
population problems (International Review of Sociology; Journal
of Population; Social Development Issues; Free Inquiry in Creative
Sociology), traffic safety (Moving the Margins of Traffic
Safety), the death penalty (Missouri Electronic Journal of
Sociology), race relations (Missouri State University Journal
of Public Affairs), compulsive behaviors (North American
Journal of Psychology) and statistical analysis (Journal
of Applied Sociology).