Here is a list of all PhD Dissertations defended in the Department. Abstracts are also available by clicking on the title of any of the works listed below.  See also PhD dissertation proposals defended/in progress

See also PhD placements

Completed Dissertations (2001-Present)

Year
Name
Dissertation Title
Committee (*Chair)
2017
Niquita Loftis
Supervised Release Sentences of Child Pornography Offenders in U.S. District Courts: An Examination of Disparity
Lee Slocum*
Finn Esbensen
Beth Huebner
Cassia Spohn
2017
Maribeth L. Rezey
Understanding the Decline in Child Victimization: A National- and State-Level Analysis of Child Abuse and Neglect Trends
Janet Lauritsen*
Richard Rosenfeld
Lee Slocum
Cathy Spatz Widom
2016
Jordan C. Pickering
To Shoot or Not to Shoot: An Analysis of Police Officers' Deadly Force Decision-Making Processes
David Klinger*
Kristin Carbone-Lopez
Finn Esbensen
Geoffrey Alpert
2016
Jaclyn M. Cwick
Expanding Coercive Mobility Theory: Women's Forms of Capital and Neighborhood Social Control
Elaine Eggleston Doherty*
Robert J. Bursik, Jr.
Stephanie DiPietro
Beth Huebner
James Lynch
2016
Shytierra Gaston
Race, Neighborhood Context, and Drug Enforcement: A Mixed-Method Analysis of Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests
Richard Rosenfeld*
Janet Lauritsen
Michael Campbell
Rod Brunson
2015
Mikh V. Gunderman
Loss, Hope, and Redemption: The Consequences of Methamphetamine use in a Sample of Incarcerated Women
Kristin Carbone-Lopez*
Lee Slocum
Stephanie DiPietro
Jody Miller
2015
Timothy Dickinson
Talk and Deterrence in Drug Markets
Richard Rosenfeld*
Richard Wright*
Kristin Carbone-Lopez
Janet Lauritsen
Scott Jacques
2014
J. Michael Vecchio
The Role of Violence within and across Self-identified Gang Youth
Finn Esbensen*
Beth Huebner
Terrance J. Taylor
Jody Miller
2014
Stephanie Wiley
The Amplification of Deviance Following Police Contact: An Examination of Individual and Neighborhood Factors among a Sample of Youth
Finn-Aage Esbensen*
Robert J. Bursik, Jr.
Lee Ann Slocum
Karen Heimer
2014
Ekaterina Gorislavsky
Racial-Ethnic Differences in Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization: A
Pooled Analysis of NCVS Data, 1994-2010
Janet Lauritsen*
Richard Rosenfeld
Kristin Carbone- Lopez
Karen Heimer
2014
Kimberly Kras
Redemption or Condemnation? A Long-Term Follow-up of the Desistance Patterns of Sex Offenders
Beth Huebner*
Lee Ann Slocum
Stephanie DiPietro
Shadd Maruna
2013
Hyon Namgung
How Do Specialized Units Affect the Outputs of Police Organizations?: Investigating the Effect of Community Policing Units on Community Policing Activities in Local Police Departments
David Klinger*
Finn Esbensen
Robert Bursik
Edward Maguire
2013  
Ethan Amidon
Lightning Strikes Twice: An Examination of the Political Factors Associated With State-Level Death Sentences and Executions in the United States, 1930-2012
Richard Rosenfeld*
Richard Wright
Michael Campbell
Bruce Western
2013
Jennifer Owens
Defining Stalking and its Relationship to Other Forms of Violent and Property Victimization: An Analysis of NCVS Data
Janet Lauritsen*
Lee Ann Slocum
Kristin Carbone-Lopez
Lynn Addington
2012
Breanne Pleggenkuhle
The Effect of Legal Financial Obligations on Reentry Experiences
Beth M. Huebner*
Bob Bursik
Stephanie DiPietro
Faye Taxman
2011
Andrea Nichols
Feminist Advocacy in Community Based Responses to Domestic Violence: Gendered Identity, Ideology and Practices
Kristin Carbone-Lopez*
Lee Ann Slocum
Richard Wright
Jody Miller
2011
Dena Carson
Examining the Effect of Changes in the Peer Group on Attitudes: A Longitudinal Approach
Finn Esbensen*
Janet Lauritsen
Lee Ann Slocum
Jean McGloin
2011
Nicole White
The Economy-Crime Relationship Revisited: The Significance of Recent Macroeconomic and Social Policy Changes for Poverty and Youth Violence Trends
Janet L. Lauritsen*
Kristin Carbone-Lopez
Finn Esbensen
Karen Heimer
2011
Brian Oliver
Recidivism: A Multi-Level Explanation
Rick Rosenfeld*
Beth Huebner
Andres Rengifo
Joan Petersilia
2011
Kimberly Martin
A Multilevel Analysis of County and State Variation in the Severity of Sentences Imposed in Large Urban Courts
Beth Huebner*
Eric Baumer*
Andres Rengifo
Brian Johnson
2011
Brendan Dooley
Whither Criminology?: On the State of Criminology's Paradigm
Rick Rosenfeld*
Richard Wright
David Klinger
Joachim Savelsberg
2010
Pernell Witherspoon
Minority Group Threat and Racial Profiling: An Analysis of Pretextual Traffic Stops and Outcomes in Missouri Municipalities
Rick Rosenfeld*
G. David Curry
Jody Miller
Jeff Rojek
2010
Scott Jacques
A Guide to Drug Dealing
Richard Wright*
Rick Rosenfeld
Jody Miller
Mark Cooney
2010
Michele Stacey
Bias Crime and Minority Threat
Rick Rosenfeld*
Lee Ann Slocum
Kristin Carbone
Eric Stewart
2009
Bradley T. Brick
Race, Social Context, and School Punishment: An Examination of Disparity in School Discipline
Finn Esbensen*
Janet Lauritsen
Lee Ann Slocum
Eric A. Stewart
2009
Mark T. Berg
Understanding the Persistence of the Victimization-Offending Relationship: Modeling Causal Mechanisms Across Place and Time
Janet Lauritsen*
Rick Rosenfeld
Finn Esbensen
Rolf Loeber
2009
Jennifer Cobbina
From Prison to Home: Women's Pathways In and Out of Crime
Jody Miller*
Beth Huebner
Richard Wright
Patricia O'Brien
2008
Janice R. Hill
Prosecuting child sexual abuse offenders: a case study of victim, family, offender, incident, and evidentiary characteristics
Janet Lauritsen*
Beth Huebner
Richard Wright
Lois Pierce
2008
Karin Tusinski
The causes and consequences of bullying
Rick Rosenfeld*
Eric Baumer*
Callie Rennison
Scott Decker
2008
Robin J. Schaum
The marriage certificate as a shield?: the role of marital status on violent victimization
Janet Lauritsen*
Eric Baumer
Beth Huebner
Karen Heimer
2007
Robert J. Fornango
Structural changes and neighborhood homicide trends in St. Louis, Missouri, 1980--2000: A multi-level and spatial analysis
Rick Rosenfeld*
Eric Baumer
Beth Huebner
Glenn Deane
2007
Daniel Isom II
Effects of constituent influence on pursuit policy decisions: A case study on the St. Louis Police Department policy
David Klinger*
Beth Huebner
Scott Decker
James Gilsinan
2007
Timothy Maher
Cops on the make: officers' views on the nature and extent of police sexual misconduct and how to control it
Richard Wright*
Beth Huebner
Scott Decker
2007
Chris E. Melde
Peer-group composition and the perceived risk of victimization: modeling fear of crime in a school-based sample
Finn Esbensen*
Beth Huebner
Eric Stewart
L. Thomas Winfree
2006
Adam Watkins
Isolating student, school, and community effects on school weapon carrying
Scott Decker*
Eric Baumer
Rick Rosenfeld
Eric Stewart
Pamela Wilcox
2006
Adam M. Bossler
Testing fundamental control balance theory propositions: examining the causes/correlates of control balance ratios. general deviance, and deviant acts within ranges of control balance desirability
David Klinger*
Eric Baumer
Beth Huebner
Charles Tittle
2006
Toya Like
Separate and unequal risks for victimization? An examination of city-level conditions on victimization risks
Janet Lauritsen*
Eric Baumer
Bob Bursik
Ruth Peterson
2005
Lynn S. Urban
The deterrent effect of curfew enforcement: Operation Nightwatch in St. Louis
Scott Decker*
G. David Curry
Finn Esbensen
Beth Huebner
2005
Jeff Rojek
Organizing to manage risk: the operations of a police tactical unit
David Klinger*
Scott Decker
Jody Miller
Paul Roth
2005
Stephen Schnebly
Community variation in the nature of crime reporting
Eric Baumer*
Janet Lauritsen
David Klinger
William Wells
2005
Thomas Holt
Hacks, cracks, and crime: An examination of the subculture and social organization of computer hackers
Jody Miller*
Scott Decker
G. David Curry
Vicki Sauter
2004
Chris Mullins
Masculinities, street life, and violence: a qualitative secondary examination
Jody Miller*
Richard Wright
Rick Rosenfeld
George McCall
2004
Dennis M. Mares
Civilization, economic change, and trends in interpersonal violence
Rick Rosenfeld*
Scott Decker
Richard Wright
Gerda Ray
2004
Shannan Catalano
An examination of the convergence between police recording and victim reporting of serious violent crime, 1973-2002
Janet Lauritsen*
Rick Rosenfeld
Bob Bursik
Bryan Marshall
2003
Arlen Egley
Levels of involvement: differences between gang, gang-marginal, and nongang youth
G. David Curry*
Scott Decker
Bob Bursik
Jody Miller
Robert Calsyn
2003
Noelle E. Fearn
Community context and sentencing decisions: a multilevel analysis
Eric Baumer*
Bob Bursik
Scott Decker
George McCall
2003
Ann Dirks-Linhorst
An evaluation of a family court diversion program for delinquent youth with chronic mental health needs
G. David Curry*
Janet Lauritsen
Bob Bursik
Lia Nower
2003
Timothy M. Bray
The effect of socioeconomic disadvantage and racial isolation on neighborhood homicide
Rick Rosenfeld*
Eric Baumer
Bob Bursik
Carol Kohfeld
2002
Elicka Peterson
Varieties of self-help in intimate partner homicide
Rick Rosenfeld*
Janet Lauritsen
Richard Wright
George McCall
2002
Richard K. Ruddell
The influences of social disruption, social isolation and political disaffection on adult imprisonment trends
Eric Baumer*
Scott Decker
Norman White
Rick Rosenfeld
Terry Jones
2001
M. Dyan McGuire
Issues of equal protection and due process: race and gender correlates in Missouri's application of pretrial detention to juvenile offenders
Janet Lauritsen*
Kimberly Kempf
Richard Wright
Jody Miller
2001
Lisa L. Sample
The social construction of the sex offender
Rick Rosenfeld*
Richard Wright
Bruce Jacobs
Paul Roth
2001
George W. Burruss
The impact of defense counsel on the juvenile court workgroup
Scott Decker*
G. David Curry
Norman White
George McCall


Dissertation proposals defended/Dissertations in progress

Year
Name
Dissertation Title
Committee (*Chair)
2017
Joshua Williams
Assessing the Impact of County-level Factors on Pretrial Detention Decisions
Michael Campbell*
Richard Rosenfeld
Lee Ann Slocum
John Wooldredge
2017
Timothy McCuddy
Online Socialization and Delinquency: Expanding the Study of Peer Influence in Criminology
Matt Vogel*
Finn Esbensen
Janet Lauritsen
Kyle Thomas
Jean McGloin
2017
Aaron Levin
Understanding Micro-Spatial Crime Patterns: A Comprehensive Trajectory Analysis of Crime at Street Segments in St. Louis, MO
Janet Lauritsen*
Richard Rosenfeld
Adam Boessen
Elizabeth Groff
2016
Amanda Bolton
Perceptions of Family of Origin and Intimate Partner Relationships' Role in Women's Views of Their Own Drug Use, Manufacturing, and Distribution
Elaine Eggleston Doherty*
Stephanie DiPietro
Terrance J. Taylor
Jody Miller
2016
Michael Deckard
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow:  The Temporal Stability of Crime Hot Spots and The Criminology of Place
Richard Rosenfeld*
Beth Huebner
Lee Ann Slocum
Daniel Isom, II
David Weisburd
2016
CheyOnna Sewell
An Investigation of Intersectionality, Gender Inequality, and Violence against Women
Janet Lauritsen*
Lee Ann Slocum
Karlijn Kuijpers
Hillary Potter
2014
Allen Shamow
Crime & the Protestant Dream
Richard Rosenfeld*
Janet Lauritsen
Richard Wright
Susanne Karstedt