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 · Director, 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

Professor · 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…

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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…


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…


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, College of Criminology.

Gary Kleck

David J. Bordua Professor of Criminology

Kleck's recent research has found that higher general gun ownership rates reduce homicide rates, probably because the violence-reducing effects of guns among noncriminal victims and prospective victims outweigh the violence-increasing…


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;…


Ashley T. Rubin

Assistant Professor

Rubin’s research examines punishment through historical and sociological perspectives, relying on qualitative and quantitative data. She has ongoing projects that examine eighteenth-century British criminal justice, sentencing disparities for nineteenth-century Pennsylvania…


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…

Criminology faculty. Eric Stewart.

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

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Jillian Turanovic

Assistant Professor

Professor Turanovic received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. Her research focuses on the correlates and consequences of victimization, as well as on the collateral…


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…


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…