James Franklin Short Jr.
Born(1924-06-22)June 22, 1924
DiedMay 13, 2018(2018-05-13) (aged 93)
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Scientific career
InstitutionsWashington State University

James Franklin Short Jr. (June 22, 1924 – May 13, 2018) was an American sociologist.


Born on June 22, 1924, James Franklin Short Jr. was raised on a farm near Pleasant Plains, Illinois. His father was a teacher. Short Jr. served in the United States Marine Corps before completing his doctorate in sociology at the University of Chicago, where he became known for his work with Fred Strodtbeck.[1] He joined the faculty of Washington State University upon graduation in 1951, and retired in 1997.[2] He was editor of the American Sociological Review from 1972 to 1975, awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1975,[3] and served as president of the American Sociological Association in 1984.[4] Short died at the age of 93 on May 13, 2018.[2]


  1. ^ Hughes, Lorine A. (2015). "The Legacy of James F. Short, Jr.". In Decker, Scott H.; Pyrooz, David C. (eds.). The Handbook of Gangs. pp. 440–457. doi:10.1002/9781118726822.ch24. ISBN 978-1-118-72687-7. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Remembering sociology pioneer James Short". Washington State University. May 23, 2018. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Short's expertise serves, inspires WSU for 50+ years". Washington State University. September 2, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  4. ^ "James F. Short, Jr". American Sociological Association. Retrieved June 4, 2018.