Three College Faculty Named Among the Top 15 Influential Academics in the Field

Dr. Kevin M. Beaver, Dr. Daniel P. Mears, and Dean Thomas G. Blomberg

Three FSU College of Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty members were recently named among the top 15 influential academics in the field of criminology by  Dr. Kevin M. Beaver, Judith Rich Harris Professor of Criminology, was ranked No. 6, Dr. Daniel P. Mears, Mark C. Stafford Professor of Criminology was ranked No. 10, and Dean Thomas G. Blomberg, Dean and the Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology was ranked. No. 13.

No. 6  Dr. Kevin M. Beaver
Florida State University

Judith Rich Harris Professor of Criminology

Biosocial Criminology, Genetic/Biological Correlates of Offending, Life-Course/Developmental Criminology, Stability of Violent Behaviors


Kevin Beaver is the Judith Rich Harris Professor of Criminology at Florida State University’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, director of the FSU Distance Learning Program, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Drug Issues, and an expert in biosocial criminology. He earned a B.A. in sociology from Ohio University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.

With a focus on biosocial markers and antisocial behaviors, Beaver has worked to better understand how behavioral and molecular genetics influence later criminality and delinquent behaviors. With more than 250 articles and books to his credit, he has contributed critical insights to our understanding of genetics and behavior. He has published multiple editions of Biosocial Criminology: A PrimerCriminological Theory: A Life-Course Approach, and Why Crime? An Interdisciplinary Approach to Explaining Criminal Behavior.

He is credited with the identification of a rare variation of the MAOA gene that correlates to violent behavior and weapons use among males. He teaches courses in Alternatives to Incarceration, Genes and Crime, Life-Course Criminology, Religion and Crime, and Victimology, among many others.

No. 10. Dr. Daniel P. Mears
Florida State University

Mark C. Stafford Professor of Criminology

Juvenile and Criminal Justice Policy, Crime Theory, Supermax Prisons

Daniel Mears earned a B.A. from Haverford College, and an M.A and Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin. While at the University of Texas at Austin, he was nominated for the school’s Outstanding Dissertation Award and was selected for the national honor society.

He most recently published an article in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, titled, “Progressively Tougher Sanctioning and Recidivism: Assessing the Effects of Different Types of Sanctions”, as well as a book titled, Out-of-Control Criminal Justice: The Systems Improvement Solution for More Safety, Justice, Accountability, and Efficiency. His research has explored criminal justice policy involving juveniles, immigrants, and supermax prisons. He has twice been awarded the Academy of Criminal Justice Science’s Outstanding Book Award. His expertise has been sought by organizations and agencies such as the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Mears is now the Mark C. Stafford Professor of Criminology at the Florida State University College of Criminology & Criminal Justice, and a fellow of the American Society of Criminology. He is a frequent expert called upon by such news organizations such as ABC NewsThe Washington PostThe New York Times, and USA Today.


No. 13. Dr. Thomas G. Blomberg
Florida State University

Dean and Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology

Criminology Research, Delinquency, Education and Crime Desistance, Penology and Social Control, Victim Services


Thomas Blomberg is a criminologist, Dean and Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology at the Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and the Executive Director or the Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research. He earned a B.A. in sociology, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in criminology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Blomberg has diverse research interests. He has studied ways to effectively leverage research knowledge to inform public policy, and topics such as elderly financial fraud, juvenile offenders who are incarcerated and later reintegrated, cognition turning points, victim services, and corrections reform.

He has been the principal investigator for numerous grant-funded research initiatives, including the Juvenile Justice Educational Enhancement Program, The Juvenile Justice No Child Left Behind Collaboration Project, and the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Program in Palm Beach County.

Blomberg has also been recognized with several teaching awards from Florida State University, for whom he has been teaching in various capacities since 1973. He is the co-author and author of a large body of scholarly work, including his upcoming work, Financial Exploitation of Aging Adults and his first book, published in 1978, Social Control and the Proliferation of Juvenile Court Services.

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