Dr. Jon Epstein is a Sociologist, criminologist, and author. 


Dr. Epstein holds the position of vice chair of the city of Winston-Salem’s Citizens’ Police Review Board.The 11-member board advises the city manager and the Winston-Salem City Council’s Public Safety Committee. It also reviews citizens’ request for appeals of the police chief’s decision regarding complaints against police department employees, determines necessity of a hearing, and, when necessary, conducts appeals hearings, which include receiving and evaluating testimony and issuing findings of facts to the city manager for action and the Public Safety Committee for its information.


Epstein most recently served as a member of the Greensboro College faculty and director of the college's Holocaust and special programs after having taught at New Mexico State University, Wake Forest University and College of Wooster and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


He holds a B.A. and M.A. in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Ph.D. in sociology from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.


In the late 1990s, Epstein was engaged in anti-extremist work in the Midwest. After a July 4th weekend shooting spree in 1999, Epstein was asked to help create and implement a strategy anti-racist groups could use to weaken, and ultimately render harmless, any racist group with an expressed interest in violent activities directed toward minority groups. Epstein remains an expert on extremist groups and lectures on his work.


Epstein’s published works works include “Adolescents and Their Music: If It’s Too Loud, You’re Too Old” (1994) and “Youth Culture: Identity in a Postmodern World” (1998) and more than a dozen articles in scholarly journals. He has two books forthcoming, one on the expression of values in rock music and one on the sociology of knowledge in ancient civilizations.  “Adolescents and Their Music: If It’s Too Loud, You’re Too Old”  was recently noted as a  classic and is in reprint.