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Glenn Sterner Ph.D., featured on Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station

Article discusses Telling the Stories of the Opioid Epidemic in the Philadelphia Region project led by Justice Center Postdoctoral Scholar Glenn Sterner

Justice Center for Research Postdoctoral Scholar, Glenn Sterner’s project Share Your Opioid Story: A Collaboration between Independence Clue Cross Foundation, The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Penn State University was recently highlighted in The Inquirer. The project will tell the individual stories of the opiate crisis in the Philadelphia Region, addressing the stigma associated with opioid addiction. The stories will be made available to the public via an interactive website in the spring.

The Justice Center for Research has open position for Postdoctoral Scholar

Postdoctoral Scholar in Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Crime and Victimization

The Center invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position to begin June 1, 2018 or as soon as practical thereafter. The JCR supports innovative criminal justice research focused on the connections between research, policy, and practice. The successful applicant will collaborate with Dr. Eric Baumer in the Department of Sociology and Criminology on research that focuses on the spatial and temporal dynamics of crime and victimization. Applications are encouraged from both current Ph.D. candidates (an appointment to the position is contingent on completing all requirements for the degree by the appointment date) and scholars who have completed the Ph.D. within the past two years.  A Ph.D. in sociology, criminology, economics, public policy, or a related field is required. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced training in statistics or methods of causal inference and to those with research interests in communities and crime and/or crime trends. Responsibilities may include data collection and/or management; data analyses; preparation of grant proposals, manuscripts, and conference presentations; and participation in graduate student mentoring. In addition to collaborative projects, the scholar will have access to exceptional resources to facilitate his or her independent research. The JCR has an outstanding repertoire of faculty affiliates, seed funding resources, and externally funded ongoing research projects. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the potential for a second year contingent on the candidate’s productivity and the availability of funding. Salary range for this position is $50,000 to $60,000. To apply and be considered for this opportunity, please submit a letter of interest and CV here. If selected as a finalist for the position, recommendation letters will be requested. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  For more information about the position, please contact Professor Baumer (

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Inmate society research review featured in Penn State News

Inmate society research review featured in Penn State News

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Derek Kreager, Center Director, and Candace Kruttschnitt, University of Toronto and Center collaborator, discuss their recent paper "Inmate Society in the Era of Mass Incarceration" with Penn State News. Their review of contemporary inmate social organization research, published in the Annual Review of Criminology, can be found here

Criminology Undergraduate Research Opportuniuty

Dr. Derek Kreager, Center Director, is seeking two undergraduate research assistants to help support the Reentry Prison Inmate Study.  More information can be found here.

The Daily Collegian article highlights Dr. Glenn Sterner’s research on the opioid crisis

A recent article in The Daily Collegian features an interview with Justice Center Postdoctoral Scholar, Glenn Sterner, Ph.D., and Peter Forster, Associate Dean, College of Information Sciences and Technology, on their work on the opioid crisis. The Identifying and Informing Strategies for Disrupting Drug Distribution Networks project was recently awarded nearly a $1 million grant by the National Institute of Justice. The project team consists of Principal Investigators: Glenn Sterner, Ph.D., Ashton Verdery, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Shannon Monnat, Associate Professor, Sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, Co-Investigators: Peter Forster, Associate Dean, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Gary Zajac, Managing Director, Justice Center for Research, and Scott Yabiku, Department of Sociology and Criminology. Read the full article here.

Learn more about the project here.

Opioid distribution networks study, led by Glenn Sterner, featured in Penn State News

Opioid distribution networks study, led by Glenn Sterner, featured in Penn State News

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The recent Penn State News article "Penn State Social Science Researchers Collaborate to Study Opioid Epidemic" highlights projects being led by Justice Center postdoctoral scholar, Glenn Sterner.  Read the full article here.

Criminology Forum 10/20, “Facial Profiling in the Halls of Justice: Race, Appearance and Criminal Punishment”

Please join us for our upcoming Criminology Forum.

Brian Johnson, Ph.D., Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland will be our guest speaker for the next Criminology Forum. 

Date: Friday, October 20

Room: 406 Oswald Tower

Time: 3:00-4:00pm

“Facial Profiling in the Halls of Justice: Race, Appearance and Criminal Punishment”

Brian D. Johnson is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Crime, Law & Justice in 2003 from the Pennsylvania State University. His dissertation was supported by the Forrest Crawford Fellowship for Ethical Inquiry and received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award. In 2008 Dr. Johnson received the American Society of Criminology Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award. His current research interests include contextual variations in sentencing, racial and ethnic relations in society, and the use of advanced statistical modeling techniques to study criminal processes.

Available online via Zoom: 483-756-121

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This lecture is co-sponsored by the Justice Center for Research and the Department of Sociology and Criminology.

Justice Center for Research Founding Director and 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Evidence-Based Crime Policy authors article on efforts in evidence-based crime policy

Dr. Doris MacKenzie, Justice Center for Research Founding Director, was one of the recipients of the  2017 Distinguished Achievement Award in Evidence-Based Crime Policy. The Fall 2017 issue of Translational Criminology features Dr. MacKenzie’s perspective on her efforts in evidence-based crime policy. Congratulations Dr. MacKenzie!

The issue is available here.

Dr. MacKenzie’s article is on page 16.