Sylwia J. Piatkowska received her Ph.D. in Sociology in May of 2016 from State University of New York at Albany. Her areas of interest include hate crime, suicide, inequality, policing, immigration and crime, and both international and comparative criminology. Her current work employs random effects Poisson growth regression models to examine the effects of sub-national correlates on regional levels of racially motivated crime in European nations. Dr. Piatkowska has recently published in Justice Quarterly, Deviant Behavior, Sociological Quarterly, the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, the International Criminal Justice Review, the International Journal of Comparative Sociology, and the European Sociological Review.

Research Interests

Crime and Deviance | Comparative and International Criminology | Hate Crime | Policing | Social Control | Spatial Analysis | Advanced Quantitative Methods |

Education

Ph.D., 2016, Sociology, State University of New York at Albany

B.A. /M.A., 2006, Sociology, Opole University

Grants

Old Dominion University, Summer Research Fellowship Program Award: $6,000. “Relative Tax Burden and Crime Rates: A Cross-Sectional Time Series Analysis.” Principle Investigator.

Old Dominion University, Junior Faculty Research Mentoring Program Award: $3,000. “Interracial marriage and anti-black hate crime rates: A cross-sectional analysis of the U.S. metropolitan areas” Principle Investigator.

Seed Grant, Department of Sociology, SUNY: $500“Structural Covariates of Xenophobic and Racially Motivated Crimes in Belgium: Spatial Analyses of Arrondissements.”

Graduate Student Organization Travel Grant, University at Albany, SUNY

Student Travel Grant (2011-2015), Department of Sociology, SUNY

Selected Publications

Piatkowska, Sylwia J., Steven F. Messner, and Andreas Hövermann. “Racial outgroup marriages and hate crime rates: A cross-sectional analysis of the U.S. metropolitan areas.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. doi.org/10.1177/0022427819864142

Piatkowska, Sylwia J., Steven F. Messner, and Tse-Chuan Yang. “Understanding the relationship between relative group size and hate crime rates: Linking methods with concepts.” Justice Quarterly. (Online First). doi.org/10.1080/07418825.2018.1482942

Piatkowska, Sylwia J. “Socio-economic development, economic fluctuations, and age-specific suicide: A cross-national test of the Durkheim, Henry and Short, and Ginsberg Theories.” The Sociological Quarterly. (Online First). doi.org/10.1080/00380253.2018.1479201

Piatkowska, Sylwia J., Steven F. Messner, and Tse-Chuan Yang. “Xenophobic and racially motivated crimes in Belgium: Exploratory spatial data analysis of structural covariates.” Deviant Behavior. (Online First) doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2018.1479917

Piatkowska, Sylwia J. and Andreas Hövermann. “A culture of hostility and crime motivated by bias A cross-national multilevel analysis of structural influences.” International Criminal Justice Review. 1-27, (Online First) doi/10.1177/1057567718772332

Piatkowska, Sylwia J., Lawrence E. Raffalovich, and Steven F. Messner. “The impact of accession to the European Union on suicide rates in Eastern Europe: A cross-national time-series analysis.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 57(4): 207-230.

Piatkowska, Sylwia J., Steven F. Messner, and Lawrence E. Raffalovich. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: Reply to Toshkov.” European Sociological Review. doi: 10.1093/esr/jcw017

Piatkowska, Sylwia J. “Subnational predictors of racially motivated crime: A cross-national multilevel analysis.” International Criminal Justice Review 26(3): 237-258.

Piatkowska, Sylwia J., Steven F. Messner, and Lawrence E. Raffalovich.“The impact of accession to the European Union on homicide rates in Eastern Europe.” European Sociological Review 32(1):151-161.

Piatkowska, Sylwia J. “Immigrants’ confidence in police: Do country-level characteristics matter?” International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice 39(1): 1-30.