Marin R. Wenger

Associate Professor
Marin R. Wenger

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

Research Interests

Communities and Crime | Contextual Effects | Racial Stratification | Racial Disparity | Hate Crime | Deviance | Quantitative Methods


Ph.D. 2016, Pennsylvania State University; Sociology

M.A. 2012, Pennsylvania State University; Crime, Law and Justice

B.A. 2008, University of Michigan; Sociology


The Individual, Situational, and Contextual Risk Factors for Violent Firearm Injury and Firearm Homicide: A Comparative, Policy-Focused Approach. National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities ($490,436), Co-Investigator, 2021-2024.

Understanding Curfew and Curfew Violations. Florida Department of Juvenile Justice ($40,000), Principal Investigator, 2021.

Considering Collateral Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Examining the Impact of the Pandemic on Prejudice, Hate Crime, and Victimization. Office of Research Development Collaborative Collision, Florida State University ($13,125), Co-Principal Investigator, 2020.

The Context of Racial Disparity in Arrest: A Quasi-Experimental Examination of the Moderating Influence of Community Characteristics. Committee on Faculty Research Support, Council on Research and Creativity, Florida State University ($14,000), Principal Investigator, 2020.

“The Longitudinal Multilevel Effects of Community Disadvantage, Income Inequality, and Residential Instability on Crime Rates” First Year Assistant Professor Award, Florida State University ($20,000), 2017.

Recent Publications

Wenger, Marin R. and Brendan Lantz. 2022. “Hate Crime and Place: The Spatial and Temporal Concentration of Bias-Motivated Crime in Washington, DC.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 37(13-14):NP10683-NP10708.

Lantz, Brendan, Marin R. Wenger, & *Zachary T. Malcolm. 2022. “Severity Matters: The Moderating Effect of Offense Severity in Predicting Racial Differences in Reporting of Bias and Nonbias Victimization to the Police.” Law and Human Behavior 46(1):15-29.

*Malcom, Zachary T., Marin R. Wenger, & Brendan Lantz. 2022. “Politics or Prejudice? Separating the Influence of Political Affiliation and Prejudicial Attitudes in Determining Support for Hate Crime Law.” Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.1037/law0000350.

Wenger, Marin R. 2021. “The Multilevel Effects of Changes in Disadvantage.” Crime & Delinquency. Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.1177/00111287211047543.

Selected Publications

Wenger, Marin R., Brendan Lantz, and Gabriella Gallardo. 2022. “The Role of Hate Crime Victimization, Fear of Victimization, and Vicarious Victimization in COVID-19-Related Depression.” Criminal Justice and Behavior. Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.1177/00938548221104738

Lantz, Brendan, Marin R. Wenger, and *Zachary T. Malcom. 2022. “Historical Markers or Markers of White Supremacy? Confederate Memorialization and Hate Crimes.” Social Problems. Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.1093/socpro/spac033

Lantz, Brendan, Marin R. Wenger, and *Chloe J. Craig. 2021. “What if They Were White? The Differential Arrest Consequences of Victim Characteristics for Black and White Co-Offenders.” Social Problems. Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.1093/socpro/spab043.

Wenger, Marin R. 2021. “Omitted Level Bias in Multilevel Research: An Empirical Test Distinguishing Block-Group, Tract, and City Effects of Disadvantage on Crime.” Justice Quarterly 38(5):792-826.

Wenger, Marin R. 2019. “Clarifying the Relationship between Racial Diversity and Crime: Neighborhoods versus Cities.” Crime and Delinquency 65(11):1513-36.


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