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.

Boutwell, Brian B., J.C. Barnes, and Kevin M. Beaver. 2015. “Why We Need a Nature/Nurture Book in Criminology” The Biosocial Vs. Nurture Debate in Criminology: On the Origins of Criminal Behavior and Criminality.

Beaver, Kevin M., Sarah Hartman, and Jay Belsky . 2015. “Differential Susceptibility to Parental Sensitivity based on Early Life Temperament in the Prediction of Adolescent Affective Psychopathic Personality Traits” Criminal Justice and Behavior 42 (May):546-565.

Heylen, Ben, Lieven Pauwels, Kevin M. Beaver, and Marc Ruffinengo. 2015. “Defending Biosocial Criminology: On the Discursive Style of Our Critics, the Separation of Ideology and Science, and a Biologically Informed Defense of Fundamental Values” Journal of Philosophical and Theoretical Criminology 7 (January): 83-95.

Wright, John Paul, J.C. Barnes, Brian B. Boutwell, Joseph A. Schwartz, Eric J. Connolly, Joseph L. Nedelec, and Kevin M. Beaver. 2015. “Mathematical Proof is Not Minutiae and Irreducible Complexity is Not a Theory: A Final Response to Burt and Simons and a Call to Criminologists” Criminology 53 (February):113-120.

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.