College Faculty

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Thomas G. Blomberg

Thomas G. Blomberg
Dean and Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology, Executive Director, Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

Blomberg’s research is focused upon identifying ways to more effectively link research knowledge to public policy. This includes examining the relationship between educational achievement among incarcerated youthful offenders and successful community reintegration.

William D. Bales

William D. Bales
Professor Emeritus, Faculty Affiliate, Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

Prior to joining the faculty in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University in August of 2003, Bill Bales was the director of research with the Florida Department of Corrections since 1991 and has worked in various research capacities with the Florida Supreme Court

Kevin M. Beaver

Kevin M. Beaver
Judith Rich Harris Professor of Criminology, Director, Distance Learning Program

Beaver’s research examines the biosocial underpinnings to antisocial behaviors. He has employed behavioral genetic and molecular genetic methodologies to unpack the gene-environmental basis to a range of criminal and delinquent outcomes.

Erin Castro

Erin Castro
Assistant Professor

Erin Castro received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in the Department of Sociology, Criminology and Law. Her research focuses on disentangling the effect of perceived and objective control on victimization, offending, and substance use over the life course.

Ted Chiricos

Ted Chiricos
Professor Emeritus | William Julius Wilson Professor of Criminology

Ted Chiricos’ recent research examined the predictors and consequences of criminal justice punitiveness. This work has shown that economic insecurity and the extent to which people link crime with race, increase support for harsh punitive policies.

Cecilia Chouhy

Cecilia Chouhy
Assistant Professor

Cecilia Chouhy received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from University of Cincinnati.

Billy R. Close

Billy R. Close
Assistant Professor

Dr. Billy Close is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of Service Learning and Mentoring in the College of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Florida State University.

Jennifer Copp

Jennifer Copp
Associate Professor

Jennifer Copp received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Bowling Green State University. Her research focuses broadly on the ways in which economic and other forms of marginalization shape family life and contribute to diminished life chances.

Emma E. Fridel

Emma E. Fridel
Assistant Professor

Emma E. Fridel received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy from Northeastern University. She primarily studies violence and aggression with a focus on homicide, including school violence, homicide–suicide, serial and mass murder, and fatal officer-citizen encounters. Dr.

Marc Gertz

Marc Gertz
Professor Emeritus, Faculty Affiliate, Institute for the Prevention of Financial Fraud

Gertz is most well known for successfully conducting thousands and thousands of surveys, which have been used by professors and doctoral students within and outside the college for high quality research and publications in some of the top journals in the field.

Carter Hay

Carter Hay
Professor, Director, Graduate Program

Hay’s research examines the causes and prevention of crime with special attention to the family environment, the development of self-control, and policy efforts to reduce juvenile crime.

Young-An Kim

Young-An Kim
Assistant Professor

Young-An Kim received his Ph.D. in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California-Irvine. His research interests include neighborhoods and crime, criminology of place, geo-spatial analysis, urban sociology, and quantitative research methods. Dr.

Gary Kleck

Gary Kleck
Professor Emeritus | David J. Bordua Professor

Professor Kleck's recent research has found that employing more police officers or increasing police productivity in the form of more arrests per officer has no measurable effect on the public’s level of fear of crime.

Brendan Lantz

Brendan Lantz
Assistant Professor

Brendan Lantz received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.

Daniel P. Mears

Daniel P. Mears
Distinguished Research Professor, Mark C. Stafford Professor of Criminology

Mears’ current research examines crime causation and criminal and juvenile justice.

Sylwia J. Piatkowska

Sylwia J. Piatkowska
Assistant Professor

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.

Joseph A. Schwartz

Joseph A. Schwartz
Associate Professor

Joseph Schwartz’s research is focused on the interplay between biological and environmental influences in the development of behavior and health outcomes across major stages of the life course. 

Sonja E. Siennick

Sonja E. Siennick
Professor

Sonja Siennick studies criminal offending and mental health problems in the contexts of the life course and kinship and friendship relations.

Eric A. Stewart

Eric A. Stewart
Ronald L. Simons Professor of Criminology

Stewart’s recent research has found that neighborhood ecological characteristics influence recidivism, aspirations, and violence.

Brian J. Stults

Brian J. Stults
Associate Professor

Stults’ research focuses largely on discrimination in the application of social control.

Jillian Turanovic

Jillian Turanovic
Associate Professor

Jillian Turanovic received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. Her research focuses on various issues in criminological theory and correctional policy, with a special focus on victimization, violence, and the life course.

Gordon P. Waldo

Gordon P. Waldo
Professor Emeritus

Dr. Waldo’s experience covers a wide range of activities related to academic criminology and the criminal justice system.

Patricia Y. Warren

Patricia Y. Warren
Professor, Director, Undergraduate Program

Patricia Y. Warren, received her Ph.D. in Sociology from North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on social control and punishment, racial and gender stratification, racial profiling, collateral consequences of incarceration and the school to prison pipeline.

Marin R. Wenger

Marin R. Wenger
Assistant Professor

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

Steven Zane

Steven Zane
Assistant Professor

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.