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Faculty Research Interests

Bill Bales

Ph.D., Criminology, Florida State University
Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research
Research interests: Sentencing, asessing the effectiveness and consequences of punishment strategies, evaulation of correctional practices and programs, community re-entry

Eric Baumer

Ph.D., Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York
Allen E. Liska Professor of Criminology
Research interests: Temporal and Spatial Crime Patterns, Community Influences on Attitudes and Behavior, Sociology of Punishment, Comparative Criminology

Kevin Beaver

Ph.D., University of Cincinnati; Criminal Justice
Associate Professor and Director of Distance Learning
Research interests: Biosocial criminology, genetic/biological correlates of offending, life-course/developmental criminology, stability of violent behaviors

Tom Blomberg

Ph.D., Criminology, University of California, Berkeley
Dean and Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology
Research interests: Delinquency, education, crime desistance, penology, social control, victims services, criminological research and public policy

Ted Chiricos

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts
Professor
Research interests: Race and justice, the political economy of crime and social control, theoretical criminology, popular perceptions of crime and punishment, media representation of crime and its consequences, sociological theory

Billy Close

Ph.D., Criminology, Florida State University
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Theory and dynamics of racism and crime; ethnicity and methodology; juvenile justice; minority over-representation; race, crime, and sports; racial profiling and biased policing

Bill Doerner

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Tennessee
Professor
Research interests: Ecology of crime, law enforcement, victimology

Marc Gertz

Ph.D., Political Science, University of Connecticut
Professor
Research interests: Public opinion and the criminal justice system, organizational politics and the courts, comparative courts, interest groups, voting behavior

Carter Hay

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Texas, Austin
Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program
Research interests: Family- and parenting-related causes of adolescent crime, development of self-control and its implications for crime, effects of family and community poverty on crime, role of the family and community in affecting desistance from crime and prisoner reentry, link between public opinion and public policy in relation to the expanded use of incarceration

Gary Kleck

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana
Professor
Research interests: Gun control, deterrence, crime control, violence

Daniel Maier-Katkin

J.D., Columbia University
Diploma in Criminology, Cambridge University
Professor
Research interests: International human rights, crimes against humanity, criminal law, juvenile justice, law and society, infanticide

Dan Mears

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Texas, Austin
Mark C. Stafford Professor of Criminology
Research interests: Crime and delinquency, juvenile and criminal justice, crime theory, public policy and opinion, drugs, domestic violence, immigration, mental health, religion, and sentencing, corrections, and reentry

Sonja Siennick

Ph.D., 2009, The Pennsylvania State University; Sociology
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Crime and deviance, life course, quantitative methods.

Eric Stewart

Ph.D. Iowa State University; Sociology
Professor
Research interests: Neighborhoods and crime, life course criminology, youth violence, families and delinquency, contextual effects, adolescent outcomes, and police/citizen interactions

Brian Stults

Ph.D., University at Albany (SUNY); Sociology
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Race and crime, neighborhoods and crime, residential segregation

Gordon Waldo

Ph.D., Sociology, Ohio State University
Professor Emeritus
Research interests: Research methods, law and social control, corrections, delinquency, juvenile justice

Patricia Warren

Ph.D., North Carolina State University; Sociology
Assistant Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Program
Research interests: Racial profiling, race and class inequalities, disparities in criminal justice processing, crime and social control