Faculty & Staff

College Faculty

Thomas G. Blomberg

Dean and Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology · Executive Director, Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

Blomberg’s research is focused upon identifying ways to more effectively link research knowledge to public policy. This includes examining the relationship between educational achievement among incarcerated youthful offenders and successful…

William D. Bales

Professor · Faculty Affiliate, Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

Prior to joining the faculty in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University in August of 2003, Bill Bales was the director of research with the…

Kevin M. Beaver

Judith Rich Harris Professor of Criminology · Director, Distance Learning Program

Beaver’s research examines the biosocial underpinnings to antisocial behaviors. He has employed behavioral genetic and molecular genetic methodologies to unpack the gene-environmental basis to a range of criminal and delinquent…

Ted Chiricos

William Julius Wilson Professor of Criminology

Ted Chiricos' 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…

Cecilia Chouhy

Assistant Professor

Cecilia Chouhy received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from University of Cincinnati. Her work focuses on conducting international tests of criminological theories, evaluating the effectiveness of correctional programs, and understanding…

Billy R. Close

Assistant Professor

Dr. Billy Close is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of Service Learning and Mentoring in the College of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Florida State University.  His current research…

Jennifer Copp

Assistant Professor

Jennifer E. Copp received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Bowling Green State University. Her work focuses on crime and other problem behaviors during adolescence and young adulthood, with a particular…

Megan Denver

Assistant Professor

Megan Denver is a doctoral candidate in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany, SUNY.  Her research interests include: criminal record stigma, employment and recidivism, desistance and…

Being a sworn police officer for 29 years has steered much of Bill’s research interests into the areas of law enforcement and the treatment of crime victims. A recent article…

Marc Gertz

Professor · Faculty Affiliate, Institute for the Prevention of Financial Fraud

Gertz is most well known for successfully conducting thousands and thousands of surveys, which have been used by professors and doctoral students within and outside the college for high quality…

Carter Hay

Professor · Director, Graduate Program

Hay’s research examines the causes and prevention of crime with special attention to the family environment, the development of self-control, and policy efforts to reduce juvenile crime.

Gary Kleck

David J. Bordua Professor Emeritus

Professor Kleck’s recent research has found that employing more police officers or increasing police productivity in the form of more arrests per officer has no measurable effect on the public’s…

Daniel Maier-Katkin is a graduate of the City College of New York, Columbia Law School and the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University.  He was an assistant professor at SUNY…

Brendan Lantz

Assistant Professor

Brendan Lantz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Pennsylvania State University. He is a Penn State University Graduate Fellow and a Bureau of Justice…

Daniel P. Mears

Mark C. Stafford Professor of Criminology

Mears’ current research has identified ways in which community conditions influence sentencing decisions; variation in the theoretical justification, uses, and impacts of supermax prisons; the recidivism-reducing effects of inmate visitation;…

Sonja E. Siennick

Associate Professor

Sonja Siennick is a life course criminologist with specialties in kinship and friendship relations and the transition to adulthood. She studies the close personal relationships of people who are involved…

Eric A. Stewart

Ronald L. Simons Professor of Criminology

Stewart’s recent research has found that neighborhood ecological characteristics influence recidivism, aspirations, and violence.

Brian J. Stults

Associate Professor

Stults' research focuses largely on discrimination in the application of social control. His recent work, published in Criminology and the American Journal of Sociology, addressed racial differences in arrest rates…

Jillian Turanovic

Assistant Professor

Professor Turanovic’s research is related to the sources and consequences of violent victimization, as well as the collateral consequences of incarceration. She is a Graduate Research Fellow of the National…

Gordon P. Waldo

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Waldo’s experience covers a wide range of activities related to academic criminology and the criminal justice system. This includes almost 50 years of University teaching, administration, and research, in…

Patricia Y. Warren

Associate Professor · Director, Undergraduate Program

Patricia Y. Warren, Associate Professor, completed her Ph.D. in 2005 from North Carolina State University in Sociology. Professor Warren's first area of research focuses on race/ethnicity as an organizing principle…

Marin R. Wenger

Assistant Professor

Marin Wenger received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University. Her work focuses on stratification, communities and crime, deviance, and quantitative methods.