Steven Zane

Assistant Professor
Steven Zane

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. His research interests are juvenile transfers, racial disparities in juvenile and criminal justice processing, crime prevention, and criminal law and punishment. Dr. Zane’s published work has appeared in Justice QuarterlyCriminology & Public PolicyJournal of Criminal JusticeYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice, and British Journal of Criminology.

Research Interests

Juvenile Justice | Racial Disparity | Criminal Law and Punishment | Crime Prevention


2018 Ph.D., Criminology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

2014 M.A., Criminology & Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA

2011 J.D., Boston College, Newton, MA

2008 B.A., Philosophy, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

Recent Publications

Zane, S. N. 2021. “Have racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice reduced over time? An empirical assessment of the DMC mandate.”Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 19(2), 163–185.

Welsh, B. C., Podolsky, S. H., & Zane, S. N. 2021. “Richard Cabot, pair-matched random allocation, and the attempt to compare like with like in the social sciences and medicine. Part 1: the context of the social sciences.” Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 114(4).

Pupo, J. A., & Zane, S. N. 2021. “Assessing variation in juvenile court processing in urban versus rural courts: Revisiting “justice by geography”.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, online first. doi: 10.1177/15412040211009585.

Zane, S. N., Welsh, B. C., Mears, D. P., & Zimmerman, G. M. 2021.“Pathways through juvenile justice: a holistic assessment of cumulative disadvantage in the processing of juvenile offenders.”Journal of Quantitative Criminology, online first. doi: 10.1007/s10940-021-09505-w.

Zane, S. N., Mears, D. P., & Welsh, B. C. 2020. “How universal is disproportionate minority contact? An examination of racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice processing across four states.”Justice Quarterly, 37(5), 817–841.

Selected Publications

Zane, S. N., Welsh, B. C., & Zimmerman, G. M. (2018). Criminal offending and mortality over the full life-course: Age-90 follow-up of the Cambridge-Somerville Youth Study. Journal of Quantitative Criminology

Zane, S. N. (2017). Do criminal court outcomes vary by juvenile transfer mechanism? A multi-jurisdictional, multilevel analysis. Justice Quarterly, 34, 542–569.

Zane, S. N., Welsh, B. C., & Mears, D. P. (2016). Juvenile transfer and the specific deterrence hypothesis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Criminology & Public Policy 15, 901–925.

Welsh, B. C., Zane, S. N., Zimmerman, G. M., and Yohros, A. (2019). Association of a crime prevention program for boys with mortality 72 years after the intervention: Follow-up of a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Network Open, 2(3), e190782.


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Monday: 11:00AM - 1:00PM (Online)

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