Ronald Akers earned his Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky, and joined University of Florida in 1980. He is the author of many books and over 80 chapters and articles in major criminology and sociology journals. His major research and scholarly work has been on developing and testing his social learning theory of crime and deviance as well as other theories. He has served as President of the American Society of Criminology and Chair of the Criminology Section of the American Sociological Association. He is recipient of the Edwin H. Sutherland Award by the American Society of Criminology, and an endowed chair (The Ronald L. Akers Professorship in Criminology and Deviance) has been established in his honor at the University of Kentucky.
Christine Sellers is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida and joined the University of South Florida in 1990. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and has taught criminological theory at both the graduate and the undergraduate level for many years.