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Dissertation Examples Criminology Careers

2017

Rebecca Cudmore, “The Role of Cultural Variables in the Victimization-Delinquency Overlap Among Latino Youth: A General Strain Theory Perspective”

Paul Joyce, “Street Gang Membership in Boston: A Life-Course Perspective”

George Williams, “Resisting Burnout: Correctional Staff Spirituality and Resilience”

2016

David Abeling-Judge, “Examining the Impact and Changing Nature of Social Influences of Desistance from Crime and General Offending”

Young Ju Chae, “Unpacking the Black Box of Criminality and Desistance: Self-Control and Goal-Directed Decision-Making”

Anne Corbin, “Role, Conflict Among Juvenile Defenders in an Expressed Interests Jurisdiction: An Empirical Study”

Dara Drawbridge, “Expressiveness and Instrumentality in Homicide: Hybrid Crime Scenes and the Links Among Situations, Psychological Processes, and Actions”

Stephanie Fahy, “Safe Harbors of Minors Involved in Prostitution: Understanding How Criminal Justice Officials Perceive and Respond to Minors Involved in Prostitution in a State with a Safe Harbor Law”

Emmanuelle Klossou, “Reform Effects: A Study of the Effects of Case Law and Legislation on the Sentencing of Offenders in US Federal Courts”

2015

Matthew Dolliver, “Perceived gender role performance and minor general deviance in college students: A test of gender role stress theory”

Kristin Bell Gerke, “Victims’ voices: Sexual violence in the Armenian and Rwandan genocides”

Janice Iwama, “The Role of Community Context in Hate Crimes Against Latinos”

Carlos Monteiro, “Understanding Persistent Offending Among Incarcerated Offenders through General Strain Theory”

2014

V-Tsien Fan, “Designing a comprehensive anti-corruption counterstrategy for the private sector”

Alicia Girgenti, “The Intersection of victim race and gender in capital cases: Evidence from the capital jury project”

Yu Zhang, “Bureaucracy and law A study of Chinese criminal courts and social media”

2013

Christopher Bruell, “The relationship of coercion, social support and self-efficacy with violent crime”

Diana Summers Dolliver, “Organized crime, culture, and social institutions in Europe: an application of institutional anomie theory”

Laura Gross, “Struggling for success: the role of social support in female reentry pathways”

Meghan Hollis, “Defining crime: an analysis of organizational influences on police processing of information”

Rebecca Pfeffer, “Autistic and at-risk: the public and personal safety of children with autism spectrum disorders”

Chad Posick, “Untangling offending and victimization: a comparative study of the victim-offender overlap”

Michael Rocque, “Understanding the relationship between maturation and desistance from crime: a life-course developmental approach”

Danielle Rousseau, “Gender and social control: examining the federal justice process for women offenders”

Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal, “Understanding contemporary maritime piracy”

2012

Adam Stearn, “Subcultural theory, drift and publicity: how a contemporary culture of adolescence relates to delinquency”

Garrett Warfield, “Managing mentally ill inmates in Massachusetts: risk assessment, classification, and programming in a house of correction”

2011

Sam Ansari, “Understanding and modeling the convergence of the UCR and NCVS: a time series analysis”

Camie Morris, “A cross-national study on public confidence in police”

William Pruitt, “Toward a modified collective action theory of genocide: A qualitative comparative analysis”

Ann Marie Rocheleau, “Prisoners coping skills and involvement in serious prison misconduct and violence”

Jenna Savage, “Gendered pathways from strain to delinquency during adolescence: an integration of general strain theory and differential gender socialization”

Deborah Vegh, “College students and the illicit use of prescription drugs: a test of general strain theory”

2010

Kathleen Currul-Dykeman, “Understanding the effects of the court community on the processing of domestic violence cases”

Joseph Gustafson, “Diversity in municipal police agencies: a national examination of its determinants and effects”

Criminologists have generally agreed that the Internet is not only a tool or resource for right-wing extremists to disseminate ideas and products, but also a site of important identity work, accomplished interactively through the exchange of radical ideas. Online discussion forums, amongst other interactive corners of the Web, have become an essential conduit for the radical right to air their grievances and bond around their “common enemy.” Yet overlooked in this discussion has been a macro-level understanding of the radical discussions that contribute to the broader collective identity of the extreme right online, as well as what constitutes “radical posting behaviour” within this context. Drawing from criminal career measures to facilitate this type of analysis, data was extracted from a sub-forum of the most notorious white supremacy forum online, Stormfront, which included 141,763 posts made by 7,014 authors over approximately 15 years. In study one of this dissertation, Sentiment-based Identification of Radical Authors (SIRA), a sentiment analysis-based algorithm that draws from traditional criminal career measures to evaluate authors’ opinions, was used to identify and, by extension, assess forum authors’ radical posting behaviours using a mixed-methods approach. Study two extended on study one by using SIRA to quantify authors’ group-level sentiment about their common enemies: Jews, Blacks, and LGBTQs. Study three further extended on studies one and two by analyzing authors’ radical posting trajectories with semi-parametric group-based modeling. Results highlighted the applicability of criminal career measures to study radical discussions online. Not only did this mixed-methods approach provide theoretical insight into what constitutes radical posting behaviour in a white supremacy forum, it also shed light on the communication patterns that contribute to the broader collective identity of the extreme right online.