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.

Mancini, Christina, Daniel P. Mears, Eric A. Stewart, Justin Pickett, and Kevin M. Beaver. 2015. “Whites’ Perceptions about Black Criminality: A Closer Look at the Contact Hypothesis” Crime and Delinquency 61 (September):996-1022.

Boutwell, Brian B., Joseph Nedelec, Richard H. Lewis, J.C. Barnes, and Kevin M. Beaver . 2015. “A Behavioral Genetic Test of the Evolutionary Taxonomy” Evolutionary Psychological Science 1 (December):241-250.

Schwartz, Joseph A. and Kevin M. Beaver . 2015. “A Partial Test of Moffitt’s Developmental Taxonomy: Examining the Role of Genetic Risk” Justice Quarterly 32 (September/October):768-791.

Connolly, Eric J. and Kevin M. Beaver . 2015. “Assessing the Salience of Gene-Environment Interplay in the Development of Anger, Family Conflict, and Physical Violence: A Biosocial Test of General Strain Theory” Journal of Criminal Justice 43 (November/December):487-497.

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.