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

Research Interests

Communities and Crime | Contextual Effects | Racial Stratification | Racial Disparity | Hate Crime | Deviance | Quantitative Methods


Ph.D. 2016, Pennsylvania State University; Sociology

M.A. 2012, Pennsylvania State University; Crime, Law and Justice

B.A. 2008, University of Michigan; Sociology


“The Longitudinal Multilevel Effects of Community Disadvantage, Income Inequality, and Residential Instability on Crime Rates” First Year Assistant Professor Award, Florida State University ($20,000), 2017.

Recent Publications

Ramos, Javier and Marin R. Wenger. 2019. “Immigration and Recidivism: What is the Link?” Justice Quarterly, DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2019.1656763.

Wenger, Marin R. 2019. “Omitted Level Bias in Multilevel Research: An Empirical Test Distinguishing Block-Group, Tract, and City Effects of Disadvantage on Crime.” Justice Quarterly, DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2019.1649449.

Lantz, Brendan and Marin R. Wenger. 2019. “The Co-offender as Counterfactual: A Quasi-Experimental Approach to the Examination of the Relationship between Race and Arrest.” Journal of Experimental Criminology, DOI: 10.1007/s11292-019-09362-5.

Wenger, Marin R. 2019. “Separating the Influence of Inequality on Burglary and Robbery by Level of Analysis: A Multilevel Approach” Social Science Research, 81:42-60.

Wenger, Marin R. 2018. “Clarifying the Relationship between Racial Diversity and Crime: Neighborhoods versus Cities” Crime and Delinquency, DOI: 10.1177/0011128718768726.

Selected Publications

Ramos, Javier and Marin R. Wenger. 2018. "Effects in Disguise: The Importance of Controlling for Constructs at Multiple Levels in Macro-Level Immigration and Crime Research." City and Community 17(4):1100-18.

Frisco, Michelle, Marin R. Wenger, and Derek A. Kreager. 2017. “Extradyadic Sex and Union Dissolution among Young Adults in Opposite-Sex Married and Cohabiting Unions.” Social Science Research 62(1):291-304.

Wenger, Marin R. 2015. “Patterns of Misreporting Intimate Partner Violence Using Matched Pairs.” Violence and Victims 30(2):179-193.

Kreager, Derek A., Richard Felson, Cody Warner, and Marin R. Wenger. 2013 “Women’s Education, Marital Violence, and Divorce: A Social Exchange Perspective.” Journal of Marriage and Family 75(3):565-581.