CCJ colloquium series


The Colloquium Series in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University features scholars presenting current research on a variety of topics within criminology and criminal justice. The purpose of the colloquium is to provide an environment where students and faculty can discuss their ideas at whatever stage of development.


April 26, 2019

In any scientific endeavor, failure is a likely outcome. Despite that, scientists generally and criminologists specifically rarely acknowledge failure. This talk reviews the general literature on failure and notes a number of significant failures that the presenter has been party to.

April 19, 2019

Examinations of neighborhood context on parolee recidivism have largely focused on urban communities. Yet, a large number of former prisoners return to rural or suburban settings with little research understanding how reentry and recidivism works in these areas. Many of the ecological contexts currently linked to recidivism, like concentrated disadvantage, may not be relevant in a rural environment. Furthermore, little is known regarding the differential opportunities for reentrants across urban and rural contexts. This study explicitly examines differences in recidivism between former prisoners released into urban neighborhoods compared to those returning to more rural communities. Preliminary findings from this study suggest that variation in recidivism may reflect differential pathways of inequality among former prisoners, and provides important implications for understanding how reentry, resources, and community interventions may work in rural settings.

March 29, 2019

Researchers on sentencing often lament the lack of available information in their analysis.  Therefore, several prominent literature reviews at the beginning of the decade (Baumer, 2013; Ulmer, 2012) set the discovery of data as one of the top priorities for researchers.  While there are many practical constraints associated with obtaining new data, another potential way to move forward is to further explore the potential of existing datasets, particularly those large administrative datasets.  This talk, consisting of three early-stage projects, showcases some promising and less promising directions of utilizing a large dataset for research on sentencing and criminal careers.  The studies seek to answer the same question: how far can we go with the current generation of data? 

March 22, 2019

Firearm injuries are the second leading cause of death among children and teens (0 – 18 years of age) in the United States. To address this key public health and criminal justice problem, the National Institute of Health has recently funded the Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTs) Consortium with a capacity building grant. FACTS is comprised by scholars from various fields and universities around the country. This capacity building grant is focused on developing research resources to stimulate novel research in the field of pediatric firearm injury and death, including developing a research agenda and conducting pilot work to stimulate large-scale research. This presentation presents an overview of FACTS, its research agenda, and next steps in its capacity building efforts.

March 15, 2019

What does trust look like in prison? The concept of trust has emerged as a popular topic across a variety of disciplines, especially in criminology. Yet, little attention has conceptualized trust through a relational perspective. This presentation will examine trust among incarcerated women in a correctional facility by contrasting compositional approaches (which focus on individual characteristics in isolation) with a network approach (which focuses on interdependence and emergent structure). In addition, the source of the data, the Women’s Prison Inmate Network Studies (WOPINS, NIJ 2016-MU-MU0011), will be discussed. Overall, the presentation will emphasize the promise of a network perspective for examining research questions within correctional settings, specifically, and criminology and criminal justice broadly.

February 22, 2019

My presentation will explore the role of authority boundaries within procedural justice theory. I will argue that people’s perceptions of the appropriate scope of legal authority has an effect on their perceptions of police and legal legitimacy, net of traditional procedural justice concerns. In addition, I will argue that boundary violations have a delegitimizing effect because they represent threats to individuals’ sense of autonomy.

January 25, 2019

One can conduct research on the police and one can conduct research for the police, but what is it like to conduct research with the police to help them be more effective in serving the public? Doing so calls for a rather different approach than conventional academic research. In this colloquium, we will explore the principles and methods of a problem-oriented action research model and the potential benefits and challenges it poses for both police and researchers.

April 29, 2016

Mac McCullough, assistant professor, School for the Science of Health Care Delivery
McCullough’s research centers on the adoption and use of evidence-based approaches to population health and health care delivery. 

Addressing Food Deserts: Geographic Perspectives and Implications
March 24, 2016

Daoqin Tong is an Associate Professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Dr. Tong received her MS in Civil Engineering, MAS in Statistics, and Ph.D. in Geography from the Ohio State University. Dr. Tong’s research has mainly focused on the use of spatial analytics including spatial optimization, geographic information systems, big data and spatial statistics to support urban and regional studies. Her specific research interests include urban activity-travel and mobility, food access, and renewable energy planning. Dr. Tong’s recent study on food deserts provides important insights into the distribution of various urban food outlets and the inconsistency of research findings concerning food access.

March 18, 2016

Rashad Shabazz, associate professor, justice and social inquiry, School of Social Transformation
Shabazz’s work brings together theories of race and racism, Black cultural studies, gender studies, and critical prison studies, within a methodological framework that draws on history, human geography, philosophy and literature.