Lisa Stolzenberg


Areas of Expertise

Crime Analysis | Prosecutor Discretion | Criminal Sentencing | Law and Policy Impact Analysis | Quantitative Analysis


Ph.D., Florida State University, Criminology, 1993
M.S., Florida State University, Criminology, 1986
B.S., University of Florida, Criminal Justice, 1985


Office: PCA-253A
Phone: 305.348.5890
Website: ResearchGate


Lisa Stolzenberg is a professor and chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs. She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Florida and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Criminology from Florida State University. Her research focuses primarily on discretionary decision-making and disparity within the criminal justice system. Dr. Stolzenberg’s research has received considerable media coverage and appeared in books and top-tier journals in criminology and sociology, including Criminology, JusticeQuarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Social Problems, among others. She also received funding from NIJ and BJA to support her research and held previous research positions in several organizations, such as Westat, Inc., the Justice Research and Statistics Association, the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, and the Florida Department of Corrections.

Select Publications

Flexon, J. L., D’Alessio, S. J., Stolzenberg, L., Cruz, E., & Meldrum, R. C. (2024). Youth Access to Stolen Handguns. Crime & Delinquency, 70(3), 672-698.

Stojakovic, N., D'Alessio, S. J., & Stolzenberg, L. (2023). Intangible identity theft and intimate partner violence. Violence and victims38(6), 819-838. DOI: 10.1891/VV-2023-0121

Ammons-Blanfort, C., D’Alessio, S. J., & Stolzenberg, L. (2023). Self-help and black firearm crime. Crime & Delinquency, 69(1), 178-207.

D’Alessio, S. J., Stolzenberg, L., Guerette, R. T., & Zgoba, K. M. (2023). The effect of self-defense laws on firearm use among criminal offenders. Crime & Delinquency69(13-14), 2826-2845.

Moricette, P., Stolzenberg, L., & D’Alessio, S. J. (2023). Race and the Sanctioning of Misdemeanor Defendants. American Journal of Criminal Justice48(2), 345-367.

Cruz, E., D'Alessio, S. J., & Stolzenberg, L. (2022). Air pollution and violent criminal behaviour. The British Journal of Criminology, 62, 450-467.

Stolzenberg, L., D’Alessio, S. J., & Flexon, J. L. (2021). The usual suspects: Prior criminal record and the probability of arrest. Police Quarterly24(1), 31-54.

Torres, C. E., D’Alessio, S. J., & Stolzenberg, L. (2020). The Effect of Social, Verbal, Physical, and Cyberbullying Victimization on Academic Performance. Victims & Offenders, 15, 1-21.