On the weekday NPR news and culture talk show “On Point,” Professor of Sociology Wes Perkins joined the show’s host Meghna Charkrabarti and student-panelists to discuss attitudes and behavior around alcohol consumption among college-aged students. The show is broadcast on 338 stations across the country.
The editor of The Social Norms Approach to Preventing School and College Age Substance Abuse: A Handbook for Educators, Counselors, and Clinicians, Perkins discussed his research and observations about alcohol use and abuse, contextualizing the experiences of the student guests on the show, as well as conversations around the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The episode, “Inside The Current State Of College Drinking Culture,” aired on Thursday, Oct. 4.
In addition to his teaching duties at HWS, Perkins is the co-director of the Colleges’ Alcohol Education Project, which has twice received a national award from the U.S. Department of Education as a Model Prevention Program in Higher Education. His other research interests and publications include studies of family roles and well-being among young adults and comparative studies of social values and religion in Great Britain and the United States. He is also conducting an extensive research project on forgiveness and health in the life course of young and middle-aged adults and a project on social norms and bullying in adolescence.
Joining the HWS faculty in 1978, Perkins received a B.A. in sociology from Purdue University, a M.Div. degree from Yale University Divinity School and a M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. He has received the HWS faculty prize for outstanding scholarship and the faculty prize for outstanding service to the Colleges’ community.