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Sociology 8111 - Seminar in Criminology


This seminar offers a graduate-level foundation of theory and new empirical research in sociological criminology. Our focus is definitive statements from important theoretical traditions and critical empirical tests of these theories. In addition, we consider critiques of the theories or the research generated by them and attempts to translate theories into policy.

You will read a host of challenging research articles throughout the semester, but I’ve tried to limit the number of required readings to about five per week. The recommended readings are all exemplary work on the topic that should be on your reading lists but won’t be discussed in our weekly meetings unless student interest is very high. I’ve put a lot of my own work on this syllabus – not because it is exemplary (it is not) but so that I can share reviews and backstage details about the research and publication process that may be helpful to you. The required Kubrin volume offers an excellent introductory overview of this research literature, while also helping to fill gaps in coverage.


  • The course will help you develop a more nuanced understanding of the dominant theories and conceptual models in criminology. This knowledge is absolutely fundamental to teaching criminology at the college level and to developing graduate reading lists and publishing research in the area.
  • We will work through empirical pieces by many of the best sociological criminologists. As you develop your own research, it is useful to see how others have translated propositions into testable hypotheses, devised appropriate methodologies to test them, and presented the results to diverse audiences.
  • The course will stimulate your thinking about questions at the intersection of science and public policy. These include how we produce our knowledge, its relevance to lives outside the academy (and penitentiary), and the utility of crime theories and criminologists. Such big-picture considerations may help you to choose the level of abstraction at which you work and the contributions you’d like to make as teachers and researchers. For example, I study crime, law, and deviance because I believe that good science can light the way to a more just and safer world. I’ll encourage you to developing your own goals, mission, and orientation to the field.
  • Finally, a graduate seminar should encourage your professional development as you make the transition from student to independent social scientist. I will share anonymous reviews, letters from funding agencies and journal editors, and other materials that may show you another side of the research and publication process.


  • Becker, Howard S. 1963. Outsiders. New York: Free Press.
  • Clear, Todd. 2007. Imprisoning Communities: How Mass Incarceration Makes Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Worse. New York: Oxford.
  • Katz, Jack. 1988. Seductions of Crime: Moral and Sensual Attractions in Doing Evil. New York: Basic Books.
  • Gottfredson, Michael R., and Travis Hirschi. 1990. A General Theory of Crime. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Hirschi, Travis. 1969. Causes of Delinquency. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Kornhauser, Ruth R. 1977. Social Sources of Delinquency: An Appraisal of Analytic Models. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Laub, John H. and Robert J. Sampson. 2003. Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives:  Delinquent Boys to Age 70
  • Maruna, Shadd. 2001. Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Warr, Mark. 2002. Companions in Crime: The Social Aspects of Criminal Conduct. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Western, Bruce. 2006. Punishment and Inequality in America. New York: Russell Sage.


    • Each participant will share responsibility for helping to lead at least one of the course meetings. This includes summarizing and distributing a precis that introduces and connects at least three core readings and a list of open-ended questions about the materials twenty-four hours prior to each class session. The precis is a 2-4 page single-spaced summary of the theory, data, methods, and argument of the readings. Based on the readings, the leader should also help us identify the core concepts, assumptions, and ideas of the tradition, and to help us get a sense of its current empirical status and policy implications – to what degree is it supported with evidence?
    • An original seminar project is required of all students. This may take the form of a research proposal, a synthesis and critical evaluation of a particular line of research, or an empirical paper addressing a substantive problem in criminology. Do not waste your time on a paper that will only be used to meet course requirements. The seminar project should advance your own career and research agenda. I don’t care if it takes you 14 years (as was the case with one seminar student), I want you to publish your seminar papers!
    • Seminars are constructed in interaction. I will provide a brief setup at each meeting and try to provide an environment in which everyone feels comfortable participating, but responsibility for the seminar is borne collectively. This means that you must come to class prepared to discuss the readings (preferably with written comments and at least one question of your own) and to have considered how the course materials will affect your work. A rough guideline: everyone should speak at least once during each course meeting.


    1. 9/6 WELCOME: CRIMINOLOGY, ITS PUBLICS, and POLICIES [Discussion of Projects]

    “I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.” – David Dinkins


    Kubrin, Stucky, and Krohn, Chapter 1. [Okay to skim this basic material]

    Wilson, James Q. 1975. Thinking about Crime. Chapter 3: “Criminologists.”

    Sherman, Lawrence L., Denise C. Gottfredson, Doris L. MacKenzie, John Eck, Peter Reuter, and Shawn D. Bushway. 1998. "Preventing Crime: What Works, What Doesn’t, What’s Promising.” National Institute of Justice Research in Brief. Washington, DC: USGPO.

    Drake, Elizabeth K., Steve Aos, and Marna G. Miller. 2009. “Evidence-Based Public Policy Options to Reduce Crime and Criminal Justice Costs: Implications in Washington State.” Victims and Offenders 4:170-196.

    Christopher Uggen and Michelle Inderbitzin. 2010. “Public Criminologies.” Criminology and Public Policy 9: 725-750 [you might also skim introduction by Todd Clear and Policy Essay responses, pp. 751-805].

    Recommended (for further reading, but not required)

    * Sampson, Robert J. 2000. “Whither the Sociological Study of Crime?” Annual Review of Sociology 26:711-14.

    * Loader, Ian and Richard Sparks. 2010. Public Criminology?: Criminological Politics in the Twenty-first Century. Routledge.

    * Blueprints for Violence Prevention. Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado.

    * Simon, Jonathan. 2007. Governing Through Crime. New York: Oxford University Press.

    2. 2/7 DETERRENCE, MONEY, and CHOICE [Rita's Interview]

    “We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.” –  Horace


    Kubrin, Stucky, and Krohn, Chapter 2.

    Sherman, Lawrence W. and Douglas A. Smith. 1992. “Crime, Punishment, and Stake in Conformity: Legal and Informal Control of Domestic Violence.” American Sociological Review 57:680-90.

    Matsueda, Ross L., Derek A. Kreager, and David Huizinga.  2006. “Deterring Delinquents: A Rational Choice Model of Theft and Violence.” American Sociological Review 71: 95-122.

    Laura Dugan and Erica Chenoweth. 2012. “Moving Beyond Deterrence: The Effectiveness of Raising the Expected Utility of Abstaining from Terrorism in Israel.” American Sociological Review 77: 597-624.

    Alexes Harris, Heather Evans and Katherine Beckett. 2010. “Drawing Blood from Stones: Legal Debt and Social Inequality in the Contemporary United States.” American Journal of Sociology 115: 1753-99.

    Nagin, Daniel S. 2013. “Deterrence: A Review of the Evidence by a Criminologist for Economists.” Annual Review of Economics 5:83-105. [I don’t usually assign reviews in seminar, but this one is up-to-the-minute]

    *Uggen, Christopher and Melissa Thompson. 2003. “The Socioeconomic Determinants of Ill-Gotten Gains: Within-Person Changes in Drug Use and Illegal Earnings.” American Journal of Sociology 109:146-85. [okay to skim, but will discuss]


    *Alexes Harris, Heather Evans, and Katherine Beckett. 2011. “Courtesy Stigma and Monetary Sanctions: Toward a Socio-Cultural Theory of Punishment.” American Sociological Review 76: 234-264

    *McCarthy, Bill. 2002. “New Economics of Sociological Criminology.” Annual Review of Sociology 28:417-42.

    *Piliavin, Irving, Rosemary Gartner, Craig Thornton, and Ross L. Matsueda. 1986. “Crime, Deterrence, and Rational Choice.” American Sociological Review 51:101-19.

    *Becker, Gary. 1968. “Crime and Punishment: An Economic Approach.” Journal of Political Economy 76:169-217.

    * Nagin, Daniel S., Francis T. Cullen, and Cheryl Lero Jonson. 2009. “Imprisonment and Reoffending.” In Crime and Justice: A Review of Research, edited by Michael Tonry. Volume 38. University of Chicago Press.

    *Clarke, Ronald V. and Derek B. Cornish. 1985. “Modeling Offenders’ Decisions: A Framework for Research and Policy.” Pp. 147-85 in Crime and Justice, Volume 6, edited by Norval Morris and Michael Tonry. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


    “The real significance of crime is in its being a breach of faith with the community of mankind”
     – Joseph Conrad


    Kubrin, Stucky, and Krohn, Chapter 4.

    Shaw, Clifford, and Henry H. McKay. 1931. Juvenile Delinquency in Urban Areas. Chapters.

    Sampson, Robert J., Stephen W. Raudenbush, and Felton Earls. 1997. “Neighborhoods and Violent Crime: A Multilevel Study of Collective Efficacy.” Science 277:918-24.

    David S. Kirk and Andrew V. Papachristos. “Cultural Mechanisms and the Persistence of Neighborhood Violence.” 2011. American Journal of Sociology 116: 1190-1233

    Lyons, Christopher. 2007. “Community (Dis)Organization and Racially Motivated Crime.” American Journal of Sociology 113:815-63.

    Goffman, Alice. 2009. “On the Run: Wanted Men in a Philadelphia Ghetto." American Sociological Review 74: 339-357. [not really a social disorganization piece, but excellent to discuss in this context]


    *Christopher J. Lyons, María B. Vélez, and Wayne A. Santoro. 2013. “Neighborhood Immigration, Violence, and City-Level Immigrant Political Opportunities.” American Sociological Review.

    *Baumer, Eric, Steven F. Messner, and Richard Rosenfeld. 2004. “Dimensions of Social Capital and Rates of Criminal Homicide.” American Sociological Review 69:882-903.

    * Andrew V. Papachristos, David M. Hureau, and Anthony A. Braga. 2013. “The Corner and the Crew: The Influence of Geography and Social Networks on Gang Violence.” American Sociological Review 78: 417-447.

    *Sampson, Robert J. 2012. Great American City. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    *Pattillo Mary E. 1998. "Sweet Mothers and Gangbangers: Managing Crime in a Black Middle-Class Neighborhood." Social Forces 76:747-74.

    *Clear Todd R., Rose Dina R, Waring Elin, and Kristen Scully. 2003. “Coercive Mobility And Crime: A Preliminary Examination Of Concentrated Incarceration And Social Disorganization.” Justice Quarterly 20:33-64.

    *Papachristos, Andrew V. 2009. “Murder by Structure: Dominance Relations and The Social Structure of Gang Homicide.” American Journal of Sociology 115: 74-128.

    *Bellair, Paul E, and Christopher Browning. 2010. "Contemporary disorganization research: An assessment and further test of the systemic model of neighborhood crime." Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.


    “If you share your friend's crime, you make it your own” – Latin proverb


    Kubrin, Stucky, and Krohn, Chapter 6.

    Sutherland, Edwin H. 1973. “Development of the Theory.” Pp. 13-29 and “Critique of the Theory” Pp. 30-41 in Edwin H. Sutherland on Analyzing Crime, edited by Karl Schuessler. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    Sutherland, Edwin H. and Donald R. Cressey. “A Sociological Theory of Criminal Behavior.” Pp. 77-83 in Criminology 10th Edition.

    Cressey, Donald R. and John Irwin. 1962. "Thieves, Convicts, and the Inmate Culture." Social Problems 10:142-55.

    Warr, Mark. 1998. "Life-Course Transitions and Desistance from Crime." Criminology 36:183-216.

    Clampet-Lundquist, Susan, Kathryn Edin, Jeffrey R. Kling, and Greg J. Duncan. 2011. “Moving At-Risk Youth Out of High-Risk Neighborhoods: Why Girls Fare Better Than Boys.” American Journal of Sociology 116: 1154-1189.

    Michael Massoglia, Glenn Firebaugh, and Cody Warner. 2013. “Racial Variation in the Effect of Incarceration on Neighborhood Attainment.”  American Sociological Review 78: 142-165


    *Kling, Jeffrey R., Jens Ludwig, and Lawrence F. Katz. 2005. “Neighborhood Effects on Crime for Female and Male Youth: Evidence from a Randomized Housing Voucher Experiment.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 120: 87-130.

    *Duncan, Greg J., Johanne Boisjoly, Michael Kremer, Dan M. Levy, and Jacque Eccles. 2005. “Peer Effects in Drug Use and Sex among College Students.” Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 33:375-385.

    *Kreager, Derek. 2007. “Unnecessary Roughness? School Sports, Peer Networks, and Male Adolescent Violence.” American Sociological Review 72:705-724.

    *McCarthy, Bill and Teresa Casey. 2008. “Love, Sex, and Crime: Adolescent Romantic Relationships and Offending.” American Sociological Review 73:944-969.

    *Matsueda, Ross L. 1982. “Testing Control Theory and Differential Association: A Causal Modeling Approach.” American Sociological Review 47:489-504.

    *Warr, Mark. 2002. Companions in Crime: The Social Aspects of Criminal Conduct. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chapters 4-6.


    “The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.” – HL Mencken


    Kubrin, Stucky, and Krohn, Chapter 5.
    Merton, Robert K. 1938. “Social Structure and Anomie.” American Sociological Review 3:672-82.

    Agnew, Robert, Timoty Brezina, John Paul Wright, and Francis T. Cullen. 2002. “Strain, Personality Traits, and Delinquency: Extending General Strain TheoryCriminology 40:43-72.

    Burt, Callie Harbin, Ronald L. Simons, and Frederick X. Gibbons. 2012. “Racial Discrimination, Ethnic-Racial Socialization, and Crime: A Micro-sociological Model of Risk and Resilience.” American Sociological Review 77: 648-67.

    Rosenfeld, Richard and Robert Fornango. 2007. “The Impact of Economic Conditions on Robbery and Property Crime: The Role of Consumer Sentiment.” Criminology 45: 735-769.

    Hagan, John and Wenona Rymond-Richmond. 2008. “The Collective Dynamics of Racial Dehumanization and Genocidal Victimization in Darfur.” American Sociological Review 6:875-902. [not a strain argument, but good to discuss here]


    *Zhao, Ruohui and Liqun Cao. 2010. "Social Change and Anomie - A Cross-National Study." Social Forces 88:1209-1229.

    *Messner, Steven F. and Richard Rosenfeld. 1997. “Political Restraint of the Market and Levels of Criminal Homicide: A Cross-National Application of Institutional-Anomie TheorySocial Forces 75: 1393-1416.

    *Aseltine, Robert, Susan Gore, and Jennifer Gordon. 2000. “Life Stress, Anger and Anxiety, and Delinquency: An Empirical Test of General Strain Theory.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 41:256-275.

    *Cloward, Richard A. and Lloyd Ohlin. 1960. Delinquency and Opportunity: A Theory of Delinquent Gangs.  Glencoe, IL: The Free Press.

    *Blau, Peter, and Judith Blau. 1982. “The Cost of Inequality: Metropolitan Structure and Violent Crime.” American Sociological Review 47:114-29.


    “Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society.” – Daniel Webster


    Kubrin, Stucky, and Krohn, Chapter 7, pp. 167-196.

    Hirschi, Travis. 1969. Causes of Delinquency. Berkeley: University of California Press. Chapters 1 and 2 (Chapters 7-11 recommended if you are unfamiliar with Hirschi).

    Sampson, Robert J. and John H. Laub. 1990. “Crime and Deviance over the Life Course: The Salience of Adult Social Bonds.” American Sociological Review 55:609-627.

    Gottfredson, Michael R., and Travis Hirschi. 1990. A General Theory of Crime. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Chapters.

    Wright, Bradley R. et al. 1999. “Low Self Control, Social Bonds, and Crime: Social Causation, Social Selection, or Both?” Criminology 37:479-514.

    Moffitt, Terrie E., Louise Arseneault, Daniel Belsky, Nigel Dickson, Robert J. Hancox, Honalee Harrington, Renate Houts, Richie Poulton, Brent W. Roberts, Stephen Ross, Malcolm R. Sears, W. Murray Thomson, and Avshalom Caspi. 2011. “A Gradient of Childhood Self-control Predicts Health, Wealth, and Public Safety.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108:2693-98.

    Caspi, Avshalom, et al. 2002. "Role of Genotype in the Cycle of Violence in Maltreated Children". Science 297: 851–54.


    *Edin, Kathryn, Timothy J. Nelson, and Rechelle Paranal. 2004. “Fatherhood and Incarceration as Potential Turning Points in the Criminal Careers of Unskilled Men.” Pp. 46-75 in Imprisoning America: The Social Effects of Mass Incarceration, edited by Mary Pattillo, David Weiman, and Bruce Western. New York: Russell Sage.

    *Costello, Barbara, and Paul Vowell. “Testing Control Theory and Differential Association: A Reanalysis of the Richmond Youth Project Data.” Criminology 37:815-42.

    *Guo, Guang, Michael Roettger, and Tianji Cai. 2008. “The Integration of Genetic Propensities into Social-Control Models of Delinquency and Violence among Male Youths.” American Sociological Review 73:543-568.

    *Heimer, Karen, and Ross L. Matsueda. 1994. “Role-Taking, Role Commitment, and Delinquency: A Theory of Differential Social Control.” American Sociological Review 59:365-390


    “We enact many laws that manufacture criminals, and then a few that punish them.” Allen Tucker


    Kubrin, Stucky, and Krohn, Chapter 8.

    Becker, Howard S. 1963. Outsiders. New York: Free Press. Chapters.

    Lemert, Edwin. 1967. Human Deviance, Social Problems, and Social Control. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Chapter 3.

    Goffman, Erving. 1963. Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Chapter 2.

    Matsueda, Ross L. 1992. “Reflected Appraisals, Parental Labeling, and Delinquency: Specifying a Symbolic Interactionist Theory.” American Journal of Sociology 97: 1577-1611.

    Pager, Devah, Bruce Western, and Bart Bonikowski. 2009. “Discrimination in a Low-Wage Labor Market: A Field Experiment.” American Sociological Review 74: 777-99.

    Matthew Desmond and Nicol Valdez. 2013. “Unpolicing the Urban Poor: Consequences of Third-Party Policing for Inner-City Women.” American Sociological Review 78: 117-141


    *Sampson, Robert J. and Stephen W. Raudenbush. 2004. “Seeing Disorder: Neighborhood Stigma and the Social Construction of "Broken Windows".” Social Psychology Quarterly 67:319-342.

    *Pager, Devah. 2003. “The Mark of a Criminal Record.” American Journal of Sociology 108: 937-975.

    *Bernburg Jon Gunnar, and Marvin D. Krohn. 2003. “Labeling, Life Chances, and Adult Crime: The Direct and Indirect Effects of Official Intervention in Adolescence on Crime in Early Adulthood.” Criminology 41:1287-1318.

    *Thompson, Melissa. 2010. "Race, Gender, and the Social Construction of Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System. Sociological Perspectives 53:99-126.

    *Hagan, John, and Alberto Palloni. 1990. “The Social Reproduction of a Criminal Class in Working-Class London, circa 1950-1980." American Journal of Sociology 96:265-99.

    *Erikson, Kai T. 1962. “Notes on the Sociology of Deviance.” Social Problems 9:307-14.


    “There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.” – William Hazlitt


    Katz, Jack. 1988. Seductions of Crime: Moral and Sensual Attractions in Doing Evil. New York: Basic Books. Chapters 1-3.

    Maruna, Shadd. 2001. Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Chapters 1, 5, and 6.

    Michael Massoglia and Christopher Uggen. 2010. “Settling Down and Aging Out: Toward an Interactionist Theory of Desistance and the Transition to Adulthood.” American Journal of Sociology 116:543-82.

    Giordano, Peggy C, Stephen A. Cernkovich, and Jennifer L. Rudolph. 2002. “Gender, Crime, and Desistance: Toward a Theory of Cognitive Transformation.” American Journal of Sociology 107:990-1064.

    Kirk, David S. 2009. "A Natural Experiment on Residential Change and Recidivism: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina." American Sociological Review 74:484-505.


    *Hagan, John, and Holly Foster. 2003. “S/He's a Rebel: Toward a Sequential Stress Theory of Delinquency and Gendered Pathways to Disadvantage in Emerging Adulthood.” Social Forces 82: 53-86.

    *Maruna, Shadd. 2011. “Reentry as a Rite of Passage.” Punishment & Society.

    *Cohen, Albert. 1950. Delinquent Boys.


    “When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.” - George Santayana


    Laub, John H., and Robert J. Sampson. 2003. Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys to Age 70. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Chapters.

    Moffitt, Terrie E. 1993. “Adolescent-Limited and Life-Course-Persistent Antisocial Behavior: A Developmental Taxonomy.” Psychological Review 100: 674-701.

    Blumstein, Alfred. 1987. “Characterizing Criminal Careers.” Science 237:985-91.

    Uggen, Christopher. 2000. “Work as a Turning Point in the Life Course of Criminals: A Duration Model of Age, Employment, and Recidivism.” American Sociological Review 65:529-46.

    Piquero, Alex. 2008. “Taking Stock of Developmental Trajectories of Criminal Activity over the Life Course.” Pp. 23-60 in The Long View of Crime: A Synthesis of Longitudinal Research, edited by Akiva M. Liberman. Springer.


    *Moffitt, Terrie E. and Avshalom Caspi. 2001. “Childhood Predictors Differentiate Life-Course Persistent and Adolescence-Limited Pathways among Males and Females.” Development and Psychopathology 13:355-375.

    *King, Ryan, Michael Massoglia, and Ross Macmillan. 2007. “The Context of Marriage and Crime: Gender, the Propensity to Marry, and Offending in Early Adulthood.” Criminology 45:33-65.

    *Staff, Jeremy, D. Wayne Osgood, John E. Schulenberg, Jerald G. Bachman, and Emily E. Messersmith. 2011. “Explaining the Relationship between Employment and Juvenile Delinquency.” Criminology.

    *Piquero Alex R., David P. Farrington, and Alfred Blumstein. 2003. “The Criminal Career Paradigm.” Crime and Justice-A Review of Research 30:359-506.

    *Massoglia, Michael, Brianna Remster, and Ryan King. 2011. “Stigma or Separation? Understanding the Incarceration Divorce Relationship.” Social Forces.  

    . 11/8

    "Women are quite able to see to their own defence, as long as the law does not transform them into criminals if they take effective measures to do so.” - Claire Joly et al.


    Daly, Kathleen and Meda M. Chesney-Lind. 1988. “Feminism and Criminology.” Justice Quarterly 5: 497-538.

    Miller, Jody and Christopher Mullins. 2006. “The Status of Feminist Theories in Criminology." Pp. 217-250 in Taking Stock: The Status of Criminological Theory. Advances in Criminological Theory, Vol. 15, edited by F.T. Cullen, J.P. Wright, and K.R. Blevins. New Brunswick: Transaction.

    Lauritsen, Janet L., Karen Heimer and James P. Lynch. 2009. “Trends in the Gender Gap in Violent Offending: New Evidence from the National Crime Victimization SurveysCriminology 47: 361-399.

    Steffensmeier, Darrell and Dana Haynie. 2000. "Gender, Structural Disadvantage, and Urban Crime: Do Macrosocial Variables Also Explain Female Offending Rates?Criminology 38:403-438.

    Kreager, Derek A., Ross L. Matsueda, and Elena A. Erosheva. 2010. “Motherhood and Criminal Desistance in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods.”  Criminology 48:221-258.

    Darrell J. Steffensmeier, Jennifer Schwartz, and Michael Roche. 2013. “Gender and Twenty-First-Century Corporate Crime: Female Involvement and the Gender Gap in Enron-Era Corporate Frauds.”  American Sociological Review 78: 448-476.


    *Hagan, John, A.R. Gillis, and J. Simpson.1985. "Class in the Household: A Power-Control Theory of Gender and Delinquency." American Journal of Sociology 92:788-816.

    *Kruttschnitt, Candace and Kristin Carbone-Lopez. 2006. “Moving beyond the stereotypes: Women‟s subjective accounts of their violent crime.” Criminology 44:321-351.

    *Zimmerman, Gregory M., and Steven F. Messner. 2010. “Neighborhood Context and the Gender Gap in Adolescent Violent Crime.” American Sociological Review 75:958-80.

    *Uggen, Christopher and Candace Kruttschnitt. 1998. "Crime in the Breaking: Gender Differences in Desistance." Law and Society Review 32:401-28.

    *Burgess-Proctor, Amanda. 2006. “Intersections of race, class, gender, and crime: Future directions for feminist criminology.” Feminist Criminology 1: 27-47.


    “Crime and the fear of crime have permeated the fabric of American life.” – Warren Burger


    Kubrin, Stucky, and Krohn, Chapter 9.

    Wacquant, Loic. 2000. “The New 'Peculiar Institution': On the Prison as Surrogate Ghetto.” Theoretical Criminology 4:377-89.

    Beckett, Katherine, and Theodore Sasson. 2000. "The War on Crime as Hegemonic Strategy: A Neo-Marxian Theory of the New Punitiveness in U.S. Criminal Justice Policy." Pp. 61-82 in Of Crime and Criminality: The Use of Theory in Everyday Life, edited by Sally Simpson and Robert Agnew. Thousand Oaks, California: Pine Forge Press.

    Pettit, Becky and Bruce Western. 2004. “Mass Imprisonment and the Life Course: Race and Class Inequality in U.S. Incarceration.” American Sociological Review 69:151-69.

    Christopher Muller. 2012. “Northward Migration and the Rise of Racial Disparity in American Incarceration, 1880–1950.” American Journal of Sociology 118: 281-326.

    Angela Behrens, Christopher Uggen, and Jeff Manza. 2003. “Ballot Manipulation and the ‘Menace of Negro Domination’: Racial Threat and Felon Disenfranchisement in the United States, 1850-2002.” American Journal of Sociology 109:559-605.

    Ryan D. King, Michael Massoglia, and Christopher Uggen. 2012. “Employment and Exile: U.S. Criminal Deportations, 1908-2005.”American Journal of Sociology 117:1786-1825.


    *Katherine Beckett, Kris Nyrop, and Lori Pfingst. 2006. "Race, Drugs, and Policing: Understanding Disparities in Drug Delivery Arrests." Criminology 44: 105–137. 

    *Quinney, Richard. 1977. Class, State, and Crime. New York: David McKay.

    *Colvin, Mark and John Pauly. 1983. “A Critique of Criminology: Toward an Integrated Structural-Marxist Theory of Delinquency Production.” American Journal of Sociology 89:513-52.

    *Messerschmidt, James. 1993. Masculinities and Crime: Critique and Reconceptualization of Theory. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

    *Katherine Beckett, Kris Nyrop, and Lori Pfingst. 2006. "Race, Drugs, and Policing: Understanding Disparities in Drug Delivery Arrests". Criminology 44: 105–137. 

    *Whitt, Hugh P. 2010. The Civilizing Process and Its Discontents: Suicide and Crimes against Persons in France,
    1825–1830. American Journal of Sociology 116:130-186.

    *Richard C. Fording, Joe Soss, and Sanford F. Schram. 2011. “Race and the Local Politics of Punishment in the New World of Welfare.” American Journal of Sociology 116:1610-57.

    *King, Ryan D. and Darren Wheelock. “Group Threat and Social Control: Race, Perceptions of Minorities, and the Desire to Punish.” Social Forces 85:1255-1280.

    *LaFree, Gary, Eric P. Baumer, and Robert O’Brien. 2010. “Still Separate and Unequal?: A City-Level Analysis of the Black-White Gap in Homicide Arrests since 1960.” American Sociological Review 75: 75-100

    *Michael C. Campbell and Heather Schoenfeld. “The Transformation of America’s Penal Order: A Historicized Political Sociology of Punishment.”  2013. American Journal of Sociology 118: 1375-1423.



    I hope that many of you attend ASC this year. I’ll be presenting several papers with graduate students, other faculty, and former graduate students: Estimating the Labor Market Effects of Criminal Record Clearing: Evidence from a Legal Aid Help Desk, Statistical Power in Experimental Audit Studies: Cautions and Calculations for Paired Tests with Dichotomous Outcomes, Before and After Genocide: State Capacity, Complicity, and Control,  Visualizing Punishment and the Crime Drop. The abstract submission deadline for next November’s San Francisco meeting will be around 3/15/14.

    13. 11/29 THANKSGIVING BREAK - KETCHUP TIME (individual meetings as needed)


    “Tremble, thou wretch, That hast within thee undivulged crimes Unwhipped of justice.” - William Shakespeare


    Hagan, John. 1994. “Destiny and Drift: Subcultural Preferences, Status Attainments, and the Risks and Rewards of Youth.” American Sociological Review 56:567-82.

    Uggen, Christopher and Jeff Manza. 2002. "Democratic Contraction? The Political Consequences of Felon Disenfranchisement in the United States." American Sociological Review 67:777-803.

    Western, Bruce. 2002. “The Impact of Incarceration on Wage Mobility and Inequality.” American Sociological Review 67:477-98.

    Massoglia, Michael. 2008. “Incarceration, Health, and Racial Disparities in Health.” Law and Society Review 42:275-306.

    Katherine Beckett and Steve Herbert. 2010. “Penal Boundaries: Banishment and the Expansion of Punishment.” Law and Social Inquiry 35: 1-38.


    *Mauer, Marc, and Meda Chesney-Lind. 2003. Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment. New York:The New Press.

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