Dean Thomas Blomberg, the Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology, is also Executive Director of the Center and the Editor of Criminology & Public Policy. Dean Blomberg’s current work is focused upon identifying ways to more effectively link research knowledge to public policy. He is particularly interested in how criminologists can simultaneously pursue their scientific interests in causality while applying current research knowledge to different public policy questions. His ongoing research includes examining the relationship between educational achievement among incarcerated youthful offenders and successful community reintegration. Dean Blomberg has shared these findings with policymakers throughout the country including the U.S. Congress.
Ted Chiricos, the William Julius Professor of Criminology at FSU, whose recent research examined the predictors and consequences of criminal justice punitiveness. His collaborative work has shown that economic insecurity and the extent to which people link crime with race, increase support for harsh punitive policies. This work also shows that race and ethnicity are important predictors of being labeled a felon, independent of legally relevant predictors, and that avoiding that label by having adjudication withheld after conviction, significantly reduces the likelihood of recidivism. Professor Chiricos was recently honored for his work on labeling theory. His paper, “The Labeling of Convicted Felons and Its Consequences for Recidivism,” along with FSU Criminologist Bill Bales and recent Ph.D. graduates Kelle Barrick and Stephanie Bontrager was selected as the winner of the American Society of Criminology’s Outstanding Paper Award.
Daniel P. Mears, the Mark C. Stafford Professor of Criminology at FSU, conducts research on crime causation and social programs and policies, focusing on juvenile and criminal justice and crime prevention and intervention strategies. As a Principal Investigator or lead researcher, he has conducted studies funded by such federal agencies as the National Council on Disability, National Institute of Justice, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and state agencies, including the Florida Department of Corrections, as well as by foundations, including the California Endowment, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Joyce Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The current research of Professor Mears has identified ways in which community conditions influence sentencing decisions; variation in the theoretical justification, uses and impacts of super-max prisons; the recidivism-reducing effects of inmate visitation; differences among practitioners in their views about the need for and effectiveness of a range of juvenile justice reforms; and social and demographic divides in public views toward a range of criminal justice policies.
Dr. Raymond Vickers, whose background includes a law degree and a Ph.D. in economic and business history, served for four years as Assistant Comptroller of Florida, the Chief of Staff of the Florida Department of Banking and Finance. As an attorney, he has represented more than 100 financial institutions, including community banks, regional banks, Wall Street banks, and international banks. Dr. Vickers is also the author of Panic in the Loop: Chicago’s Banking Crisis of 1932, which won the Silver Medal in the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards for the Finance/Investment/Economics Category; and Panic in Paradise: Florida’s Banking Crash of 1926.