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 outcomes. He is the past recipient of the American Society of Criminology Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award and the National Institute of Justice’s graduate research fellowship. Beaver has published more than 150 articles and more than 25 book chapters and is the author/editor of 10 books including Biosocial Criminology: A Primer. His research has appeared in journals as diverse as American Journal of Public Health, Biological Psychiatry, Criminology, Developmental Psychology, and Sexual Abuse.

Research Interests

Biosocial Criminology | Genetic/Biological Correlates of Offending | Life-Course/Developmental Criminology | Stability of Violent Behaviors


Ph.D. 2006, University of Cincinnati; Criminal Justice

M.S. 2001, University of Cincinnati; Criminal Justice

B.A. 2000, Ohio University; Sociology

Recent Publications

Thomas G. Blomberg, Julie Mestre Brancale, Kevin M. Beaver, William D. Bales. 2016. “Advancing Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy” Routledge.

Connolly, Eric J. and Kevin M. Beaver . 2015. “Guns, Gangs, and Genes: Evidence of an Underlying Genetic Influence on Gang Involvement and Carrying a Handgun” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice 13 (July):228-242.

Schwartz, Joseph A., Kevin M. Beaver, and J.C. Barnes. 2015. “The Association between Mental Health and Violence among a Nationally Representative Sample of College Students from the United States” PLOS ONE 10 (October):1-19.

Beaver, Kevin M., J.C. Barnes, Brian B. Boutwell, and Joseph A. Schwartz . 2015. “Enlisting in the Military: The Influential Role of Genetic Factors” SAGE Open 5 (April/June):1-8.

Connolly, Eric J. and Kevin M. Beaver. 2015. “Prenatal Caloric Intake and the Development of Academic Achievement among U.S. Children from Age 5 to 14” Child Development 86 (November/December):1738-1758.

Selected Publications

Barnes, J.C., John Paul Wright, Brian B. Boutwell, Joseph A. Schwartz, Eric J. Connolly, Joseph L. Nedelec, and Kevin M. Beaver

2014 “Demonstrating the Validity of Twin Research in Criminology.” Criminology. Forthcoming.