Ted Chiricos’ recent research examined the predictors and consequences of criminal justice punitiveness. His collaborative work has shown that economic insecurity and the extent to which people link crime with race, increase support for harsh punitive policies. This work also shows that race and ethnicity are important predictors of being labeled a felon, independent of legally relevant predictors, and that avoiding that label by having adjudication withheld after conviction, significantly reduces the likelihood of recidivism. Professor Chiricos was recently honored for his work on labeling theory. His paper, “The Labeling of Convicted Felons and Its Consequences for Recidivism,” along with FSU criminologist Bill Bales and recent Ph.D graduates Kelle Barrick and Stephanie Bontrager was selected as the winner of the American Society of Criminology’s Outstanding Paper Award.

Research Interests

Social Threat and Social Control | Criminal Sentencing | Labeling Effects | Immigration and Controls | Intimate Partner Violence |


Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, MA; Sociology

M.A. University of Massachusetts, MA; Sociology

B.A. Merrimack College, MA; Sociology

Recent Publications

Peter S. Lehman, Ted Chiricos and William Bales. 2017. “Sentencing Transferred Juveniles in the Adult Criminal Court: The Direct and Interactive Effects of Race and Ethnicity” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.

Elizabeth K. Stupi, Ted Chiricos, Marc Gertz. 2016. “Perceived Criminal Threat from Undocumented Immigrants: Antecedents and Consequences for Policy Preferences” Justice Quarterly 33:239-266.

Daniel Tope, Justin Pickett and Ted Chiricos . 2015. “Anti-Minority Attitudes and Tea Party Movement Membership” Social Science Research 51:322-337.

Justin T. Pickett, Ted Chiricos, Marc Gertz. 2014. “The Racial Foundations of Whites’ Support for Child Saving” Social Science Research 44:44-59.

Chiricos, Ted, Elizabeth K. Stupi, Brian J. Stults, and Marc Gertz. 2014. “Undocumented Immigrant Threat and Popular Support for Social Controls” Social Problems 61: 673-692.

Selected Publications

Pickett, Justin, Ted Chiricos, Kristin Golden and Marc Gertz, 2012. “Reconsidering the Relationship Between Perceived Neighborhood Racial Composition and Whites' Perceptions of Victimization Risk: Does Racial Typification of Crime Matter?” Criminology 50:145-186.

Warren, Patricia, Ted Chiricos and William Bales. 2012. “The Imprisonment Penalty for Young Black and Hispanic Males.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 49:56-80.

Welch, Kelly, Allison Payne, Ted Chiricos and Marc Gertz. 2011. "The Typification of Hispanics as Criminals and Support for Punitive Crime Controls." Social Science Research 40:822-840.

Cyndy Caravelis Hughes, Ted Chiricos and Marc Gertz. 2011. “Static and Dynamic Indicators of Minority Threat in Sentencing Outcomes: A Multi-Level Analysis. Journal of Quantitative Criminology 27:405-425.

Ted Chiricos, Kelle Barrick, William Bales and Stephanie Bontrager. 2007. "The Labeling of Convicted Felons and its Consequences for Recidivism." Criminology 45:547-581. Awarded the “Outstanding Article of the Year Award” by the American Society of Criminology.