Criminology and Criminal Justice

Dissertations

 

Here is a list of all PhD Dissertations defended in the Department. Abstracts are also available by clicking on the title of any of the works listed below.  See also PhD dissertation proposals defended/in progress

See also PhD placements

Completed Dissertations (2001-Present)

YearNameDissertation Title/AbstractCommittee (*Chair)
2013 Hyon Namgung How Do Specialized Units Affect the Outputs of Police Organizations?: Investigating the Effect of Community Policing Units on Community Policing Activities in Local Police Departments David Klinger*
Finn Esbensen
Robert Bursik
Edward Maguire
2013   Ethan Amidon Lightning Strikes Twice: An Examination of the Political Factors Associated With State-Level Death Sentences and Executions in the United States, 1930-2012 Richard Rosenfeld*
Richard Wright
Michael Campbell
Bruce Western
2013 Jennifer Owens Defining Stalking and its Relationship to Other Forms of Violent and Property Victimization: An Analysis of NCVS Data Janet Lauritsen*
Lee Ann Slocum
Kristin Carbone-Lopez
Lynn Addington
2012 Breanne Pleggenkuhle The Effect of Legal Financial Obligations on Reentry Experiences Beth M. Huebner*
Bob Bursik
Stephanie DiPietro
Faye Taxman
2011 Andrea Nichols Feminist Advocacy in Community Based Responses to Domestic Violence: Gendered Identity, Ideology and Practices Kristin Carbone-Lopez*
Lee Ann Slocum
Richard Wright
Jody Miller
2011 Dena Carson Examining the Effect of Changes in the Peer Group on Attitudes: A Longitudinal Approach Finn Esbensen*
Janet Lauritsen
Lee Ann Slocum
Jean McGloin
2011 Nicole White The Economy-Crime Relationship Revisited: The Significance of Recent Macroeconomic and Social Policy Changes for Poverty and Youth Violence Trends Janet L. Lauritsen*
Kristin Carbone-Lopez
Finn Esbensen
Karen Heimer
2011 Brian Oliver Recidivism: A Multi-Level Explanation Rick Rosenfeld*
Beth Huebner
Andres Rengifo
Joan Petersilia
2011 Kimberly Martin A Multilevel Analysis of County and State Variation in the Severity of Sentences Imposed in Large Urban Courts Beth Huebner*
Eric Baumer*
Andres Rengifo
Brian Johnson
2011 Brendan Dooley Whither Criminology?: On the State of Criminology's Paradigm Rick Rosenfeld*
Richard Wright
David Klinger
Joachim Savelsberg
2010 Pernell Witherspoon Minority Group Threat and Racial Profiling: An Analysis of Pretextual Traffic Stops and Outcomes in Missouri Municipalities Rick Rosenfeld*
G. David Curry
Jody Miller
Jeff Rojek
2010 Scott Jacques A Guide to Drug Dealing Richard Wright*
Rick Rosenfeld
Jody Miller
Mark Cooney
2010 Michele Stacey Bias Crime and Minority Threat Rick Rosenfeld*
Lee Ann Slocum
Kristin Carbone
Eric Stewart
2009 Bradley T. Brick Race, Social Context, and School Punishment: An Examination of Disparity in School Discipline Finn Esbensen*
Janet Lauritsen
Lee Ann Slocum
Eric A. Stewart
2009 Mark T. Berg Understanding the Persistence of the Victimization-Offending Relationship: Modeling Causal Mechanisms Across Place and Time Janet Lauritsen*
Rick Rosenfeld
Finn Esbensen
Rolf Loeber
2009 Jennifer Cobbina From Prison to Home: Women's Pathways In and Out of Crime Jody Miller*
Beth Huebner
Richard Wright
Patricia O'Brien
2008 Janice R. Hill Prosecuting child sexual abuse offenders: a case study of victim, family, offender, incident, and evidentiary characteristics Janet Lauritsen*
Beth Huebner
Richard Wright
Lois Pierce
2008 Karin Tusinski The causes and consequences of bullying Rick Rosenfeld*
Eric Baumer*
Callie Rennison
Scott Decker
2008 Robin J. Schaum The marriage certificate as a shield?: the role of marital status on violent victimization Janet Lauritsen*
Eric Baumer
Beth Huebner
Karen Heimer
2007 Robert J. Fornango Structural changes and neighborhood homicide trends in St. Louis, Missouri, 1980--2000: A multi-level and spatial analysis Rick Rosenfeld*
Eric Baumer
Beth Huebner
Glenn Deane
2007 Daniel Isom II Effects of constituent influence on pursuit policy decisions: A case study on the St. Louis Police Department policy David Klinger*
Beth Huebner
Scott Decker
James Gilsinan
2007 Timothy Maher Cops on the make: officers' views on the nature and extent of police sexual misconduct and how to control it Richard Wright*
Beth Huebner
Scott Decker
2007 Chris E. Melde Peer-group composition and the perceived risk of victimization: modeling fear of crime in a school-based sample Finn Esbensen*
Beth Huebner
Eric Stewart
L. Thomas Winfree
2006 Adam Watkins Isolating student, school, and community effects on school weapon carrying Scott Decker*
Eric Baumer
Rick Rosenfeld
Eric Stewart
Pamela Wilcox
2006 Adam M. Bossler Testing fundamental control balance theory propositions: examining the causes/correlates of control balance ratios. general deviance, and deviant acts within ranges of control balance desirability David Klinger*
Eric Baumer
Beth Huebner
Charles Tittle
2006 Toya Like Separate and unequal risks for victimization? An examination of city-level conditions on victimization risks Janet Lauritsen*
Eric Baumer
Bob Bursik
Ruth Peterson
2005 Lynn S. Urban The deterrent effect of curfew enforcement: Operation Nightwatch in St. Louis Scott Decker*
G. David Curry
Finn Esbensen
Beth Huebner
2005 Jeff Rojek Organizing to manage risk: the operations of a police tactical unit David Klinger*
Scott Decker
Jody Miller
Paul Roth
2005 Stephen Schnebly Community variation in the nature of crime reporting Eric Baumer*
Janet Lauritsen
David Klinger
William Wells
2005 Thomas Holt Hacks, cracks, and crime: An examination of the subculture and social organization of computer hackers Jody Miller*
Scott Decker
G. David Curry
Vicki Sauter
2004 Chris Mullins Masculinities, street life, and violence: a qualitative secondary examination Jody Miller*
Richard Wright
Rick Rosenfeld
George McCall
2004 Dennis M. Mares Civilization, economic change, and trends in interpersonal violence Rick Rosenfeld*
Scott Decker
Richard Wright
Gerda Ray
2004 Shannan Catalano An examination of the convergence between police recording and victim reporting of serious violent crime, 1973-2002 Janet Lauritsen*
Rick Rosenfeld
Bob Bursik
Bryan Marshall
2003 Arlen Egley Levels of involvement: differences between gang, gang-marginal, and nongang youth G. David Curry*
Scott Decker
Bob Bursik
Jody Miller
Robert Calsyn
2003 Noelle E. Fearn Community context and sentencing decisions: a multilevel analysis Eric Baumer*
Bob Bursik
Scott Decker
George McCall
2003 Ann Dirks-Linhorst An evaluation of a family court diversion program for delinquent youth with chronic mental health needs G. David Curry*
Janet Lauritsen
Bob Bursik
Lia Nower
2003 Timothy M. Bray The effect of socioeconomic disadvantage and racial isolation on neighborhood homicide Rick Rosenfeld*
Eric Baumer
Bob Bursik
Carol Kohfeld
2002 Elicka Peterson Varieties of self-help in intimate partner homicide Rick Rosenfeld*
Janet Lauritsen
Richard Wright
George McCall
2002 Richard K. Ruddell The influences of social disruption, social isolation and political disaffection on adult imprisonment trends Eric Baumer*
Scott Decker
Norman White
Rick Rosenfeld
Terry Jones
2001 M. Dyan McGuire Issues of equal protection and due process: race and gender correlates in Missouri's application of pretrial detention to juvenile offenders Janet Lauritsen*
Kimberly Kempf
Richard Wright
Jody Miller
2001 Lisa L. Sample The social construction of the sex offender Rick Rosenfeld*
Richard Wright
Bruce Jacobs
Paul Roth
2001 George W Burruss The impact of defense counsel on the juvenile court workgroup Scott Decker*
G. David Curry
Norman White
George McCall

Dissertation proposals defended/Dissertations in progress

YearNameDissertation TitleCommittee (*Chair)
2013 Stephanie Wiley The Amplification of Deviance Following Police Contact: An Examination of Individual and Contextual Factors

Finn Esbensen*
Robert Bursik
Lee Slocum
Karen Heimer

2013 Kimberly Kras The Desistance Process for Sex Offenders Beth Huebner*
Lee Ann Slocum
Stephanie DiPietro
Shadd Maruna
2012 J. Michael Vecchio The Role of Violence within and across Self-identified Gang Youth Finn Esbensen*
Beth Huebner
Terrance J. Taylor
Jody Miller
2011 Ekaterina Gorislavsky Race-Ethnic Differences in
Rape   Victimization:  A Pooled Analysis of NCVS Data, 1994-2010
Janet Lauritsen*
Richard Rosenfeld
Kristin Carbone-Lopez
Karen Heimer