The faculty of the FIU Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice have extensive publication records and are experts in various areas within criminology, criminal justice, and its allied disciplines. Below you can find a listing of just a few of the recent publications by the faculty. Information on Ph.D. student research and externally-funded grant projects being carried out by faculty members can be accessed through the menu links above.

2022 Research Highlights Newsletter

Recent Faculty Publications

Liu, L., Lazazzara, G., & Meldrum, R. C. (2022). The nexus of violent victimization, mental health, and employment: findings from a sample of post-incarcerated individuals. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. OnlineFirst.
Kutateladze, B. L., & Liu, L. (2022). Is Internalized Racism One More Piece of the Puzzle in Racial Disparities in Prosecution?Justice Quarterly. Early View.
Meldrum, R. C., Stults, B. J., Hay, C., Kernsmith, P. D., & Smith-Darden, J. P. (2022). Adverse childhood experiences, developmental differences in impulse control and sensation seeking, and delinquency: A prospective multi-cohort study.Journal of Criminal Justice, 82, 101993.
Flexon, J. L., D’Alessio, S. J., Stolzenberg, L., Cruz, E., & Meldrum, R. C. (2022). Youth Access to Stolen Handguns. Crime & Delinquency. OnlneFirst.
Kutateladze, B. L., Dunlea, R. R., Liu, L., & Arndt, M. (2022). A test of the bifuraction hypothesis in prosecutorial diversion. Criminology & Public Policy. EarlyView.
D'Alessio, S. J., Stolzenberg, L., Guerette, R. T., & Zgoba, K. M. (2022). The effect of self-defense laws on firearm use among criminal offenders. Crime & Delinquency. OnlineFirst.
Cruz, E., D'Alessio, S. J., & Stolzenberg, L. (2022). Air pollution and violent criminal behaviour. British Journal of Criminology, 62, 450-467.
Zgoba, K. M. & Mitchell, M. M. (2021). The effectiveness of sex offender registration and notification: A meta-analysis of 25 years of findings. Journal of Experimental Criminology. OnlineFirst.
Ammons-Blanfort, C., D'Alessio, S. J., & Stolzenberg, L. (2021). Self-help and Black firearm crime. Crime & Delinquency. OnlineFirst.
Peacock, R. (2021). Dominance analysis of police legitimacy’s regressors: disentangling the effects of procedural justice, effectiveness, and corruption. Police Practice and Research, 22, 589-605.
Kutateladze, B. L. (2021). Acting "Straight": Socio-behavioral consequences of anti-queer hate crime victimization. Justice Quarterly. OnlineFirst.
Archer, R. J. L., & Flexon, J. L. (2021). Unstructured socializing With peers and delinquency: The role of mediation through the lens of Akers’ (1998) social structure social learning theory of crime and deviance. American Journal of Criminal Justice. OnlineFirst.
Meldrum, R.,Stemen, D., & Kutateladze, B. L. (2021). Progressive and traditional orientations to prosecution: An empirical assessment in four prosecutorial officesCriminal Justice and Behavior, 48, 354-372.
Richardson, R. & Kutateladze, B. L. (2021). Tempering expectations: A qualitative study of prosecutorial reformJournal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, 58, 41-73.
Guerette, R. T., Lee-Silcox, J., & Przeszlowski, K. (2021). From research partner to embedded criminologist: A synthesized taxonomy and reflections from the field. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 15(2), 770-783.

Below you can find a listing of the primary research areas of the faculty, as well as external links to their publication profiles.


  • Dr. Candice Ammons-Blanfort
    Research AreasProfile
    juvenile justice, gun crime, policing, racial disparitiesProfile
  • Dr. Ellen Cohn
    Research AreasProfile
    weather and crime, citation analysis, intimate partner violence, history of the criminal justice systemProfile
  • Dr. Stewart D'Alessio
    Research AreasProfile
    terrorism, race and crime, criminal sentencing, criminal justice policyProfile
  • Dr. Kristin Elink-Schuurman-Laura
    Research AreasProfile
    efficacy of forensic evidence, forensic databases, criminal investigations, crime scene investigation techniques, and training for investigatorsProfile
  • Dr. Jamie Flexon
    Research AreasProfile
    juvenile delinquency, minorities and crime, law and social control, criminal justice policy, capital punishment, psychopathyProfile
  • Dr. Tim Goddard
    Research AreasProfile
    social justice in crime policy, youth offending prevention, neighborhood partnershipsProfile
  • Dr. Amy Hyman Gregory
    Research AreasProfile
    investigative interviewing techniques, police note-taking and report writing, witness interviewer training, eyewitness memory and identification procedures, legal decision-making in criminal and civil casesProfile
  • Dr. Rob Guerette
    Research AreasProfile
    situational crime prevention, problem and community-oriented policing, transnational crime, program, and policy evaluationProfile
  • Dr. Suman Kakar
    Research AreasProfile
    human trafficking, comparative law and legal systems, immigration, refugee crisis, lived religions and mindfulness, law enforcement, women empowerment, gender, and crimeProfile
  • Dr. Besiki Kutateladze
    Research AreasProfile
    performance indicators, prosecution, racial justice, equality, rule of lawProfile
  • Dr. Lin Liu
    Research AreasProfile
    criminological theory, procedural justice, prosecution and sentencing, juvenile delinquency, quantitative methodologiesProfile
  • Dr. Stephen Pires
    Research AreasProfile
    situational crime prevention, GIS, conservation wildlife crime, kidnapping for ransomProfile
  • Dr. Lisa Stolzenberg
    Research AreasProfile
    crime analysis, prosecutor discretion, criminal sentencing, law and policy impact analysis, quantitative analysisProfile
  • Dr. Kristen Zgoba
    Research AreasProfile
    violence, sexual offense legislation, corrections, criminal justice policyProfile