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 Transfers | Racial Disparities in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Processing | Crime Prevention | Criminal Law and Punishment


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

Selected Publications

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.

Welsh, B. C., Dill, N. E., & Zane, S. N. (2018). The first delinquency prevention experiment: a socio-historical inquiry of the origins of the Cambridge-Somerville Youth Study’s research design. Journal of Experimental Criminology, DOI: 10.1007/s11292-018-9323-9.

Zane, S. N. (2017). Exploring the minority threat hypothesis for juveniles in criminal court: Static versus dynamic threat and diffuse versus targeted effects. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, DOI: 10.1177/1541204017730388.

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