Steven Zane received his Ph.D. in Criminology from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. Additionally, Dr. Zane holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School. His research interests are juvenile transfers, racial disparities in juvenile and criminal justice processing, crime prevention, and criminal law and punishment. Dr. Zane’s published work has appeared in Justice QuarterlyCriminology & Public PolicyJournal of Criminal JusticeYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice, and British Journal of Criminology.

Research Interests

Juvenile Justice | Racial Disparity | Criminal Law and Punishment | Crime Prevention


2018 Ph.D., Criminology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

2014 M.A., Criminology & Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA

2011 J.D., Boston College, Newton, MA

2008 B.A., Philosophy, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

Recent Publications

Welsh, B. C., Zane, S. N., Zimmerman, G. M., and Yohros, A. 2019. “Association of a Crime Prevention Program for Boys with Mortality 72 Years After the Intervention: Follow-up of a Randomized Clinical Trial.” JAMA Network Open, 2(3), e190782..

Zane, S. N., Welsh, B. C., & Zimmerman, G. M. 2018. “Criminal offending and mortality over the full life-course: age-90 follow-up of the Cambridge-Somerville Youth Study.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Zane, S. N. 2018. “Exploring the minority threat hypothesis for juveniles in criminal court: Static versus dynamic threat and diffuse versus targeted effects.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 16, 418–441.

Zane, S. N., & B. C. Welsh. 2018. “Toward an “age of imposed use”? Evidence-based crime policy in a law and social science context.” Criminal Justice Policy Review, 29, 280–300.

Welsh, B. C., Zimmerman, G. M., & Zane, S. N. 2018. “The centrality of theory in modern day crime prevention: Developments, challenges, and opportunities.” Justice Quarterly, 35, 139–161.

Selected Publications

Zane, S. N. (2017). Do criminal court outcomes vary by juvenile transfer mechanism? A multi-jurisdictional, multilevel analysis. Justice Quarterly, 34, 542–569.

Zane, S. N., Welsh, B. C., & Drakulich, K. M. (2016). Assessing the impact of race on the juvenile waiver decision: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Criminal Justice, 46, 107–116.

Zane, S. N., Welsh, B. C., & Mears, D. P. (2016). Juvenile transfer and the specific deterrence hypothesis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Criminology & Public Policy, 15, 901–925.