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.
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
Julie Brancale's research focuses on understanding the causes, consequences, and justice system responses to financial exploitation and victimization of older adults. Additionally, she studies the impact of juvenile justice system involvement on education, desistence, and delinquency.
George Pesta is the Director of the Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research. At the Center, he manages funded research projects, supervises GRAs and collaborates with faculty on project deliverables, research reports, and presentations.
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 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’ 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 received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from University of Cincinnati.
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 received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Bowling Green State University. Her research focuses broadly on the social influences on crime and other problem behaviors, in addition to the marginalizing effects of criminal justice involvement.
Kimberly M. Davidson received her Ph.D. in Criminology from The Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on corrections, programming and rehabilitation, community reentry, substance use.
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.
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.
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.
Bryan Holmes received his Ph.D in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. His research focuses on sentencing, criminal justice policies, discretion in court processes, and the predictors of discr
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.
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 received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. His research interests focus on hate crime, violence, victimization, and co-offending.
Mark C. Stafford Professor of Criminology
Mears’ current research examines crime causation and criminal and juvenile justice.
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 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 Siennick studies criminal offending and mental health problems in the contexts of the life course and kinship and friendship relations.
Stewart’s recent research has found that neighborhood ecological characteristics influence recidivism, aspirations, and violence.
Stults’ research focuses largely on discrimination in the application of social control.
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.
Dr. Waldo’s experience covers a wide range of activities related to academic criminology and the criminal justice system.
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 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 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.