​Dr. Mitchell Mackinem

“Dr. Mack,” as many students call him, came to Claflin with many years of “real world” experience.


For twenty years, Mitchell Mackinem worked in addictions treatment field. As an addictions counselor Dr. Mackinem worked in many settings both in the community and in correction settings. Between part-time and full-time teaching Dr. Mack has been teaching sociology courses for over 20 years. Mitchell Mackinem has published widely and makes many national and regional presentations.

Mitchell is the oldest son of Walter and Pamela Mackinem. Walter Mackinem immigrated to United States in 1953 after growing up in London during the blitzkrieg. Pamela Mackinem grew up in Long Island and is the only American child in the family of immigrants. Walter Mackinem served in the United States Air Force and consequently Mitchell grew up in many towns before settling in North Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Mitchell Mackinem is a first-generation college graduate and the only sibling in his family to receive an advanced degree. After many years as an addictions counselor Mitchell Mackinem went back to graduate school in his mid-40s and earned his PhD from the University of South Carolina. Raising the family, working full time, and going to graduate school was a challenge and as a result Dr. Mackinem is very aware of what a challenge and sacrifice it is to receive an education. Mitchell’s been married 0ver 30 years to Margaret Elizabeth Mackinem and is the proud father of Christopher and Lindsay Mackinem.

From the mid-1980s until 2005 Mitchell Mackinem was employed in the addictions counseling. Mitchell Mackinem served in a variety of counseling positions from the front in counselor in the local county office to the founder and director of the Richland County Drug Court program. The over 20 years of working with criminals, drug addicts, and all the professionals associated with these disorders Dr. Mackinem has many years of real-world experience how social policy, science, and research, all come together to provide valuable human services. Since 2005, Dr. Mackinem has been a full-time teacher at Claflin University where he brings many of the lessons learned in the complex world of the criminal drug addict into the classroom. When Dr. Mackinem discusses how research can influence social policy he does so having years of experience in state agencies and legislature where he did just those things.


  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Sociology. 2003
  • MA, University of Tennessee, Sociology. 1983
  • BA, Newberry College, Sociology. 1980

Research Interests

Broadly, Dr. Mackinem is interested in the criminal justice system and substance use/abuse. Non-traditional court and criminal justice agencies’ responses to crime are of particular interest. With time Dr. Mackinem’s interests have broadened to include many unusual aspects of the law and society. Currently, Dr. Mackinem is studying magistrates courts and the proliferation of legalized prostitution during the Industrial Revolution. Both of projects examine lesser-known aspects of the criminal justice system.


Interim Program Coordinator; Sociology and Psychology

Fulfill chair duties for these majors.
2015 to Present

Associate Professor of Sociology, Claflin University, Orangeburg SC.

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Claflin University, Orangeburg SC.

Adjunct Faculty, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

Adjunct Faculty, Midlands Technical College, Columbia SC.

Program Director, Richland County Drug Court, Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Develop, implement and direct both Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts in the Fifth Judicial Circuit. 1996 - 2005

Program Director, Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services and Department.

Director of a juvenile residential treatment program

Chief Administrator for Intervention Services, Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.
Plan, develop and coordinate specialized intervention services for offenders in a community corrections system. 1993-1995

Treatment Consultant, Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services.
Provide local county alcohol and drug abuse agencies with technical expertise and leadership on alcohol and drug treatment programming.
1990 -1993

Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Dorchester County Alcohol and Other Drug Commission. 1984 -1990

Activities and Honors

Dr. Mackinem is the past president of the South Carolina Sociological Association.

Recent Publications

2015 Journal Article; “Exploring community based responses and the natural history of a drug market.” Co-written with Wes Abercrombie. Currently accepted for publication by Social Work & Society: An International Online Journal Volume 13 (2).
2015 Book, Did He Say That? The Difficult Words of Jesus. Coauthored with Dr. Charles Sigel. Contracted for publication WIPF and STOCK Publishers.
2015 Journal Article; “A Case Study of the Perversion Files: An Application of Lanning and Dietz “Commonly Misunderstood Phenomena”. Coauthored with Dr. Deborah Laufersweiler-Dwyer. Current Psychiatry Report, October 2015, 17:82
2014: Journal Article, Muslim American Views of Mental Health Issues: A Pilot Study. Anisah Bagasra and Mitchell Mackinem. Journal of Muslim Mental Health Volume 8, Issue 1, 2014.
2012: Encyclopedia entries, Contributing author, with Christopher B Mackinem, on three entries: Heroin, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine. Encyclopedia of Social Deviance, Craig J. Forsyth and Heith Copes, Editors. Publication date March 11, 2014, Sage Publications.

Recent Presentations

March 2015 “A Case Study of the Perversion Files: An Application of Lanning and Dietz “Commonly Misunderstood Phenomena.” with Dr. Deborah Laufersweiler-Dwyer. The Southern Criminal Justice Association annual meeting.
September 2015 The Rise and fall of Red Light Districts. With Dr. Deborah Laufersweiler-Dwyer and Dr. John Anthony Dukes. Southern Criminal Justice Association Annual meeting.
March 2015 “Perversion Files: Sexual Offenses within the Boy Scouts Of America.” with Dr. Deborah Laufersweiler-Dwyer. The Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting.
March 2015 “Localized Law: The Case of “Whose Manure Is It” with Dr. Gaynell Gavin The Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting.
February 2015. Religiosity and Alcohol Related Problems Among HBCU Students, authored with Drs. Anisah Bagasra and Kurt Holzhausen, Presentation to the South Carolina Sociological Association.
November 2014. Religiosity and Alcohol Related Problems Among HBCU Students, with Drs. Anisah Bagasra and Kurt Holzhausen, Claflin University. National Association of African American Studies: African Diaspora Symposium.
February 2014. Program Review: The Process and Benefits, with Dr. Idee Winfield, College of Charleston. Presentation to the South Carolina Sociological Association.
April 2012 “Big Men on Campus: An Examination of Masculinities in College Stories.” with Russell Ward of Francis Marion University. The Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting.

Dr. Mitch Mackinem
​Dr. Mitchell Mackinem
Associate Professor of Sociology; Coordinator of Psychology and Sociology
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
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