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Departmental faculty members publish the results of their research in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals and generate external funding from local, state and national government agencies and private foundations. Ph.D students and faculty members collaborate in a number of research projects.

Recent and forthcoming publications by Faculty and Students (current)

Faculty monographs and books

Funded research projects

Recent and forthcoming publications by Faculty and Students

(updated April 2017)

* Denotes UMSL CCJ Ph.D. student ** Denotes UMSL CCJ Alumni

Carson, D.C.**, & Esbensen, F.A. (In Press). Prevalence, Risk Factors and Pathways to Gang Violence. In Peter Sturmey (ed.) The Wiley Handbook of Violence and Aggression, Volume 3. Societal Interventions.  Wiley & Sons Publisher.

Slocum, L. A., & Agnew, R.  (Forthcoming) Strain theory, violence, and aggression. In Peter Sturmey (Ed.), The Wiley Handbook of Violence and Aggression. John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Doherty, E. E. & Bacon, S. N. (Forthcoming). Age of onset and offending behavior. In D.P. Farrington, L. Kazemian, & A. R. Piquero (Eds.) The Handbook on Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. Oxford University Press.

McGloin, J.M. & Thomas, K. J. (Forthcoming) Revisiting Matza’s Concepts of Affinity and Affiliation: Lessons for the Study of Peer Influence in Criminology. In Thomas Blomberg, Francis T. Cullen, Chrstiffer Carlsson and Cheryl Lero Jonson (Eds.) Delinquency and Drift Revisited: The Criminology of David Matza and Beyond. Transaction Publishers.

Thomas, K. J. Forthcoming. "Revisiting delinquent attitudes: Measurement, dimensionality and behavioral effects." Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

McGloin, J.M. & Thomas, K. J. (Forthcoming). Incentives for collective deviance: Group size and changes in perceived risk, cost and reward. Criminology.

McGloin, J.M. & Thomas, K. J. (Forthcoming). Considering the elements that inform perceived peer deviance. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.

Vogel, M., Porter, L., & McCuddy, T.* (Forthcoming). Hypermobility, destination effects, and delinquency: Specifying the link between residential mobility and offending. Social Forces.

Koster, N.N., Kunst, M.J.J., Kuijpers, K. F., & Van der Leun, J.P. (Provisionally accepted). Crime victims’ perceptions of police behaviour, legitimacy, and cooperation: A cross-sectional analysis among victims of property crime and violent crime. International Review of Victimology.

McCuddy, T.* & Esbensen, F. A. (2017). After the bell and into the night: The link between delinquency and traditional, cyber-, and dual-bullying victimization. Journal or Research in Crime and Delinquency.

Rosenfeld, R., & Fornango, R.** (2017). The relationship between crime and stop, question, and frisk rates in New York City neighborhoods. Justice Quarterly.

Boessen, A., J. R. Hipp, C. T. Butts, N. N. Nagle, and E. J. Smith. (2017). Social fabric and fear of crime: Considering spatial location and time of day. Social Networks.

Boessen, A. and A. W. Chamberlain. (2017). Neighborhood crime, the housing crisis, and geographic space: Disentangling the effects of foreclosure and vacancy. Journal of Urban Affairs.

Hipp, J. R. and A. Boessen. (2017). The shape of mobility: Measuring the distance decay function of household mobility. The Professional Geographer.

Gaston, S.** & Doherty, E. E. (2017). Why don’t more black americans offend? Testing a theory of African American offending’s ethnic-racial socialization hypothesis. Race and Justice.

Kunst, M. J. J., Saan, M. C., Bollen, L. J. A., & Kuijpers, K. F. (2017). Secondary traumatic stress and secondary posttraumatic growth in a sample of Dutch police family liaison officers. Stress and Health.

Maxson, C.L. & Esbensen, F.A. (2016). Participation in and Transformation of Gangs (and Gang Research) in an International Context: Reflections on the Eurogang Research Program. In Cheryl L. Maxson and Finn-Aage Esbensen (eds.) Gang Transitions and Transformations in an International Context. New York, NY: Springer.

Melde, C.**, Esbensen, F. A., & Carson, D. C.** (2016). Gang membership and involvement in violence among U.S. adolescents: A test of construct validity. In Cheryl L. Maxson and Finn-Aage Esbensen (eds.) Gang Transitions and Transformations in an International Context. New York, NY: Springer.

Carson, D. C.** & Esbensen, F. A. (2016).  Motivations for leaving:  a qualitative comparison of leaving processes across gang definitions. In Cheryl L. Maxson and Finn-Aage Esbensen (eds.) Gang Transitions and Transformations in an International Context. New York, NY: Springer.

Melde, C.**, Berg, M.T.**, & Esbensen, F. A. (2016). Fear, social interactions, and violence mitigation. Justice Quarterly.

Thomas, K. J. (2016). Peer isolation and offense specialization: Investigating the role of peer influence in promoting offending versatility. Crime and Delinquency.
Wiley, S. A.**, Carson, D.C.**, & Esbensen, F. A. (2016). Arrest and the amplification of deviance: Does gang membership moderate the relationship? Justice Quarterly.

Wiley, S. A.**, & Esbensen, F. A. (2016). The effect of police contact: Does official intervention result in deviance amplification? Crime & Delinquency.
Vogel, M., & Porter, L. (2016). Toward a demographic understanding of incarceration disparities: Race, ethnicity, and age-structure. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Vogel, M., & Jaecques, B.* (2016). Contextual analysis of crime. In B. M. Huebner (Eds.) Oxford Bibliographies in Criminology.

Vogel, M., & South, S. J. (2016). Spatial dimensions of the effect of neighborhood disadvantage on adolescent offending. Criminology.

Vogel, M. (2016). The modifiable areal unit problem in person-context research. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.

DiPietro, S. (2016). Criminology and war: Where are we going and where have we been? Sociology Compass.

Bersani, B. & DiPietro, S. (2016). Marriage and offending: Examining the significance of marriage among the children of immigrants. The Sociological Quarterly.

Bersani, B. & DiPietro, S. (2016). Examining the salience of marriage for offending among black and Hispanic men. Justice Quarterly.

Jonson-Reid, M., Lauritsen, J. L., Edmund, T., & Schneider, F. D. (2016). Public policy and prevention of violence against women. In A. Eyler et al (Eds). Prevention, Policy, and Public Health. Oxford University Press.

Lauritsen, J. L., Rezey, M. L*., & Heimer, K. (2016). When choice of data matters: Analyses of US crime trends, 1973–2012. Journal of Quantitative Criminology
Berg, M. T., & Lauritsen, J. L. (2016). Telling a similar story twice? NCVS/UCR convergence in serious violent crime rates in rural, suburban, and urban places (1973–2010). Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 32(1), 61-87.

Levin, A.*, Rosenfeld, R., & Deckard, M.* (2016). The law of crime concentration: An application and recommendations for future research. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Rosenfeld, R., & Weisburd, D. (2016). Explaining recent crime trends: Introduction to the special issue. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Williams, J. H.*, & Rosenfeld, R. (2016). The impact of neighborhood status on imprisonment for firearm offenses. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.

Berg, M. T.**, Baumer, E., Rosenfeld, R., & Loeber, R. (2016). Dissecting the prevalence and incidence of offending during the crime drop of the 1990s. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Jacques, S.**, Rosenfeld, R., Wright, R., & Gemert, F. (2016). Effects of prohibition and decriminalization on drug market conflict. Criminology & Public Policy.

Rosenfeld, R., & Levin, A.* (2016). Acquisitive crime and inflation in the United States: 1960–2012. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Rosenfeld, R. (2016, March). Police killings and sociological research. Sociological Forum.

Klinger, D., Rosenfeld, R., Isom, D., & Deckard, M.* (2016). Race, crime, and the micro‐ecology of deadly force. Criminology & Public Policy.

Taylor, T. J. & McCandless, S. (2016). Juvenile violence: Interventions, policies, and future directions. In C. A. Cuevas & C. M. Rennison (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook on the Psychology of Violence. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Watkins, A. M.**, & Taylor, T. J. (2016). The prevalence, predictors, and criminogenic effect of joining a gang among urban, suburban, and rural youth. Journal of Criminal Justice.

Huebner, B. M. & Garrity, K.* (2016) Youth gang members’ transitions into and within us prisons. In C. L. Maxson & F. A. Esbensen (Eds.), Gang Transitions and Transformations in an International Context. New York, NY: Springer.

Rydberg, J., Grommon, E., Huebner, B. M., & Pleggenkuhle, B.** (2016). Examining the correlates of sex offender residence restriction violation rates. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Hipple, N. K., McGarrell, E. F., O’Brien, M., & Huebner, B. M. (2016). Gun crime incident reviews as a strategy for enhancing problem solving and information sharing. Journal of Crime and Justice.

Burgess-Proctor, A., Huebner, B. M., & Durso, J. M.* (2016). Comparing the Effects of Maternal and Paternal Incarceration on Adult Daughters’ and Sons’ Criminal Justice System Involvement: A Gendered Pathways Analysis. Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Pleggenkuhle, B.**, Huebner, B. M., & Kras, K. R.** (2016). Solid Start: supportive housing, social support, and reentry transitions. Journal of Crime and Justice.

Huebner, B. M., Martin, K.**, Moule Jr, R. K., Pyrooz, D., & Decker, S. H. (2016). Dangerous places: Gang members and neighborhood levels of gun assault. Justice Quarterly.

Kras, K. R.**, Pleggenkuhle, B.**, & Huebner, B. M. (2016). A New Way of Doing Time on the Outside: Sex Offenders’ Pathways In and Out of a Transitional Housing Facility. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

Slocum, L. A. (2016). Crime and the life course.  In T.S. Bynum & B.M. Huebner (Eds.), The Handbook of Measurement Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice. John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Rengifo, A. F., & Slocum, L. A. (2016). Community response to “Stop-and-Frisk” in New York City: Conceptualizing local conditions and correlates.  Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Slocum, L. A., Wiley, S. A.**, & Esbensen, F. A. (2016). The importance of being satisfied: A longitudinal exploration of police contact, procedural injustice, and subsequent delinquency. Criminal Justice & Behavior.

Carbone-Lopez, K., Slocum, L. A., & Kruttschnitt, C. (2016). ‘Police wouldn’t give you no help’: Female offenders on reporting sexual assault to police. Violence Against Women.

Boessen, A, J. R. Hipp, C. T. Butts, N. N. Nagle, and E. J. Smith. (2016). The built environment, spatial scale, and social networks: Do land uses matter for personal network structure? Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science.

Wo, J., J. R. Hipp, and A. Boessen. (2016). Voluntary organizations and neighborhood crime: A dynamic perspective. Criminology.

Campbell, M. (2016). Are all politics local? A case study of local conditions in a period of law and order politics. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Ensminger, M. E., Fothergill, K. E., Doherty, E. E., Green, K. M., Robertson, J. A., & Juon, H. S. (2016). The crossover effect:  The influence of social roles in an African American cohort. In Y.F. Thomas, L.N. Price, & A.V. Lybrand (Eds.) Drug Use Trajectories among Minority Youth. Springer.

Green, Kerry M., Elaine E. Doherty, Kate E. Fothergill, and Margaret E. Ensminger. (2016). Long-term consequences of adolescent marijuana use: Examining intermediary processes. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Doherty, E. E., Cwick, J. M.**, Green, K. M., & Ensminger, M. E. (2016). Examining the consequences of the “prevalent life events” of arrest and incarceration among an urban African-American cohort. Justice quarterly.

Doherty, E. E., & Bersani, B. E. (2016). Understanding the mechanisms of desistance at the Intersection of Race, Gender and Neighborhood Context. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.

Fothergill, K., Ensminger, M. E., Doherty, E. E., Juon, H. S., & Green, K. M. (2016). Pathways from early childhood adversity to later adult drug use and psychological distress: A prospective study of a cohort of African Americans. Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Doherty, E. E., & Cwick, J. M.** (2016). Unpacking the complexity of life events and desistance: An application of conjunctive analysis of case configurations to developmental and life course criminology. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology.

Koster, N.N., Kuijpers, K.F., Kunst, M.J.J., & Van der Leun, J.P. (2016). Crime victims’ perceptions of police behavior, legitimacy, and cooperation: A review of the literature. Victims & Offenders.

Pickering, J. C.**, & Klinger, D. A. (2016). Enhancing Police Legitimacy by Promoting Safety Culture. In M. Deflem (ed.) The Politics of Policing: Between Force and Legitimacy, volume 21. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Hipp, J. R. & A. Boessen. (2015). Neighborhoods, social networks, and crime. In F. T. Cullen, P. Wilcox, R. J. Sampson, & B. Dooley (Eds), Challenging Criminological Theory: The Legacy of Ruth Korn- hauser. Transaction Publishers.

Bishopp, S. A., Klinger, D. A., & Morris, R. G. (2015). An examination of the effect of a policy change on police use of TASERs. Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Esbensen, F. A. (2015). The Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program: An evaluator’s perspective. In Scott H. Decker and David C. Pyrooz (eds.) The Handbook of Gangs. New York, NY: Wiley Blackwell.

Coffman, D., Melde, C.**, & Esbensen, F. A. (2015). Gang membership and substance use: Guilt as a gendered causal pathway. Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Gaston, S.* & Huebner, B. M. (2015) Gangs in correctional institutions. In S. Decker & D. Pyrooz (Eds.), The Handbook of Gangs. (pp. 328-344). Malden, MA: Wiley.

Lauritsen, J. L. (2015). The devil is in the details: crime and victimization research with the national crime victimization survey. In M. Maltz & S. Rice (Eds.). Envisioning Criminology: Researchers on Research as a Process of Discovery. Springer.

Rosenfeld, R. (2015).  Trends in street crime and the crime drop.  In R. Scott & S. Kosslyn (Eds.), Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Hoboken, NJ:  Wiley.

Taylor, T. J. & Vecchio, J. M.** (2015). Youth Gangs: An overview of key findings and directions for the future. In C. A. Pietz & C. A. Mattson (Eds.), Violent Offenders: Understanding and assessment. New York: Oxford University Press.

Thomas, K. J. (2015). Delinquency peer influence on offending versatility: Can peers promote specialized delinquency? Criminology.

Wiley, S. A.** (2015). Arrested development: Does the grade level at which juveniles experience arrest matter? Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology.

Campbell, M., Vogel, M., & Williams, J.* (2015). Historical contingencies and the evolving importance of race, violent crime, and region in explaining mass incarceration in the United States. Criminology.

Vogel, M., Rees. C., McCuddy, T.*, & Carson, D. C.** (2015). The highs that bind: School context, social status, and marijuana use.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Vogel, M., & Matthews, S. K. (2015). Vicarious peer victimization and adolescent violence: Unpacking the effects of social learning, general strain, and peer group selection. Deviant Behavior.

McCuddy, T.* & Vogel, M. (2015). Beyond traditional interaction: Exploring the functional form of the exposure-offending association across online network size.. Journal of Criminal Justice.

McCuddy, T.* & Vogel, M. (2015). More than just friends:  Online social networks and offending in a college sample. Criminal Justice Review.

DiPietro, S., Slocum, L. A., & Esbensen, F. A. (2015). School context and violence: Does immigrant status matter? Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.

Rosenfeld, R. (2015). Ferguson and police use of deadly force. Missouri Law Review.

Huebner, B. M. & Pleggenkuhle, B.** (2015) Residential location, household composition, and recidivism: An analysis by gender. Justice Quarterly.

Owens, J. G.**, & Slocum, L. A. (2015). Abstainers in adolescence and adulthood: Exploring the correlates of abstention using Moffitt’s developmental taxonomy. Crime & Delinquency.

Boessen, A., and J. R. Hipp. (2015). Close-ups and the scale of ecology: Land uses and the geography of social context and crime. Criminology.

Smith, E. J., C. S. Marcum, A. Boessen, Z. Almquist, J. R. Hipp, N. N. Nagle, C. T. Butts. (2015). The relationship of age to personal networks size, relational multiplexity and proximity to alters in the Western United States. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.

Current Funded Research Projects

Michael C. Campbell II (Principal Investigator).  The Changing Tides of Mass Incarceration.  Northwestern University (2016-2017).

Finn-Aage Esbensen (Principal Investigator).  Comprehensive Safe Schools Initiative. National Institute of Justice (2016-2019).

Beth M. Huebner (Principal Investigator).   Saint Louis County Safety + Justice Challenge.  John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2016-2018).

Beth M. Huebner (Principal Investigator). A Tale of Four Cities: Improving Our Understanding of Gun Violence- Phase 2. Michigan State University (2015-2017).

Beth M. Huebner (Principal Investigator). Multi-site Study of Monetary Sanctions. University of Washington (2015-2017).

Janet Lauritsen (Principal Investigator). Victim-Offender Overlap Survey (VOOS). Department of Justice (2016-2017).

Maribeth Rezey* (Principal Investigator). Understanding the Decline in Child Victimization: A National- and State-Level Analysis of Child Abuse and Neglect Trends. Department of Justice (2016-2017).

Richard Rosenfeld (Principal Investigator).  Evaluating the law enforcement, prosecutor, and court response to firearm-related crimes in St. Louis. National Institute of Justice (2016-2018).

CheyOnna Sewell* (Principal Investigator). An Investigation of Violence against Women, Gender Inequality, and Racial Inequality. Department of Justice (2016-2017).

Lee Ann Slocum (Principal Investigator). Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). City of St. Louis Department of Health (2015-2018).

Lee Ann Slocum (Principal Investigator).  Misdemeanor Justice Research Network.  City University of New York (2017-2019).


Recently Completed Research Projects

Elaine Doherty (Principal Investigator). Impact of Life Events on Patterns of Drug Use in an Urban African American Cohort. NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (2013-2016).

Elaine Doherty and Lee Ann Slocum (Co-Investigators). Crime, Justice, and Urban Life as Seen through HBO’s The Wire. UMSL Curriculum Development Grant (2014-2016).

Finn-Aage Esbensen (Principal Investigator). A Multi-method, Multi-site Study of Gang Desistance. National Institute of Justice (2011-2016).

Shytierra Gaston (Principal Investigator). The Forgotten Cornerstone: A Qualitative Study of the Relatives of Gang Members Who are Returning to Society from Prison. National Science Foundation (2012-2015).

Beth M. Huebner (Principal Investigator). Missouri Statistical Analysis Center Cooperative Agreement: Phase 1. Missouri Department of Public Safety (2014-2015).

Janet Lauritsen (Principal Investigator). Visiting Fellow: National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) Redesign. Bureau of Justice Statistics (2011-2015).

Richard Rosenfeld (Principal Investigator). Transition from Jail to Community. City of Saint Louis (2012-2015).

Lee Ann Slocum (Principal Investigator). The Effect of Prior Police Contact on Victimization Reporting: Results from the Police Public Contact and National Crime Victimization Surveys. National Institute of Justice (2015).