Administration

Department Head

Eric P. Baumer

  • Head, Department of Sociology and Criminology
  • Professor of Sociology and Criminology

(814) 863-5436

epbaumer@psu.edu

Derek Kreager

Derek Kreager

Liberal Arts Professor of Sociology and Criminology

Director, Justice Center for Research

604 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
Email:
Office Phone: (814) 867-0217

Curriculum Vitae

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Education:

  1. Ph.D. Sociology, University of Washington

Biography:

Research Interests

Life Course, Crime and Delinquency, Incarceration, Romantic and Peer Networks

Research Interests

My research focuses on social networks and criminal/delinquent behavior. Using network theories and methods, I study how friendships and romantic relationships are associated with risk-taking and crime among adolescent students and adult prisoners. I also look at how social relationships change over time and their impacts on criminal trajectories and desistance.

Research Projects

I have ongoing projects in two principal research areas. First, I have several projects focused on the experiences of incarceration and community re-entry. Funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Justice, and National Institutes of Health (NIAAA), these studies examine topics such as (1) inmate social networks, (2) family visitation, (3) community social integration, and (4) prison substance use treatment. Second, I collaborate as part of the PROSPER Peers (PI: Osgood, funded by NIH) team to examine adolescent social networks and health-risk behaviors. In particular, my research here focuses on adolescent romantic relationships and sexual development.

Awards and Achievements

  • Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholars Award, American Society of Criminology.
  • Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellowship, University of Texas Sociology Department and Population Research Center.
  • Roy C. Buck Award for Outstanding Article by a PSU Junior Faculty Member: “Motherhood and Criminal Desistance in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods” (with Matsueda and Erosheva).
  • William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Award: “Peer Networks and Adolescent Sexual Development.”
  • Outstanding Article Award for 2006, American Society of Criminology: “Deterring Delinquents: A Rational Choice Model of Theft and Violence” (with Matsueda and Huizinga).
  • Second Prize, American Sociological Association Student Paper Award in the area of Crime, Law, and Deviance: “Unnecessary Roughness? School Sports, Peer Networks, and Male Adolescent Violence.”
  • First Prize, American Society of Criminology Gene Carte Student Paper Award: “Strangers in the Halls: Isolation and Delinquency in School Networks.”
  • Herbert L. Costner Award for Distinguished UW Graduate Paper: “Strangers in the Halls: Isolation and Delinquency in School Networks.”

Selected Publications

  • Kreager, Derek A. and Candace Kruttschnitt. 2018. "Inmate Society in the Era of Mass Incarceration." Annual Review of Criminology 1:261-283.
  • Kreager, Derek A., Jacob T.N. Young, Dana L. Haynie, Martin Bouchard, David R. Schaefer, and Gary Zajac. 2017. "Where 'Old Heads' Prevail: Inmate Hierarchy in a Men's Prison Unit." American Sociological Review 82(4):685-718.
  • Kreager, Derek A., Jeremy Staff, Robin Gauthier, Eva S. Lefkowitz, and Mark E. Feinberg. 2016. “The Double Standard at Sexual Debut: Gender, Sexual Behavior and Early Adolescent Peer Acceptance.” Sex Roles 75(7):377-392.
  • Kreager, Derek A., David R. Schaefer, Martin Bouchard, Dana L. Haynie, Sara Wakefield, Jacob Young, and Gary Zajac. 2016. “Toward a Criminology of Inmate Networks.” Justice Quarterly 33(6):1000-1028.
  • Kreager, Derek A., Daniel Ragan, Holly Nguyen, and Jeremy Staff. 2016. “When Onset Meets Desistance: Cognitive Transformation and Adolescent Delinquency Experimentation.” Journal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology 2:135-161.
  • Kreager, Derek A., Shannon E. Cavanagh, John Yen, and Mo Yu. 2014. “’Where Have All the Good Men Gone?' Gendered Interactions in Online Dating.” Journal of Marriage and Family 76(2):387-410.
  • Vasilenko, Sarah A., Derek A. Kreager and Eva S. Lefkowitz. Forthcoming. “Gender, contraceptive attitudes, and condom use in adolescent romantic relationships: A dyadic approach.” Journal of Research on Adolescence.
  • Kreager, Derek A., Richard Felson, Cody Warner, and Marin R. Wenger. 2013. “Women’s Education, Marital Violence, and Divorce: A Social Exchange Perspective.” Journal of Marriage and Family 75:565-581.
  • Kreager, Derek A., Dana L. Haynie, and Suellen Hopfer. 2013. “Dating and Substance Use in Adolescent Peer Networks: A Replication and Extension.” Addiction 108(3):638-647.
  • Telesca, Donatello, Elena A. Erosheva, Derek A. Kreager, and Ross L. Matsueda. 2012. “Modeling Criminal Careers as Departures from a Unimodal Population Age-Crime Curve: The Case of Marijuana Use.” Journal of the American Statistical Association. 107(500):1427-1440.
  • Kreager, Derek A., Christopher Lyons, and Zachary Hays. 2011. “Urban Revitalization and Seattle Crime, 1982-2000.” Social Problems 58(4):615-639.
  • Kreager, Derek A. and Dana L. Haynie. 2011. “Dangerous Liaisons? Dating and Drinking Diffusion in Adolescent Peer Networks.” American Sociological Review 76(5):737-763.
  • Kreager, Derek A., Kelly Rulison, and James Moody. 2011. “Delinquency and the Structure of Adolescent Peer Groups.” Criminology 49(1):95-127.
  • Koon-Magnin, Sarah, Derek A. Kreager, and R. Barry Ruback. 2010. “Partner Age-Span, Educational Contexts, and Adolescent Female Sexual Activity.” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 42(3):206-13.
  • Kreager, Derek A., Ross L. Matsueda, and Elena Erosheva. 2010. “Motherhood and Criminal Desistance in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods.” Criminology 48(1):901-937.
  • Kreager, Derek A. and Jeremy Staff. 2009. “The Sexual Double Standard and Adolescent Peer Acceptance.” Social Psychology Quarterly 72(2):143-164.
  • Kreager, Derek A. 2008. “Guarded Borders: Interracial Teen Dating and Difficulties with Peers.” Social Forces 87(2):887-910.
  • Staff, Jeremy, and Derek A. Kreager. 2008. “Too Cool for School? Peer Status and High School Dropout.” Social Forces 87(1):445-471.
  • Kreager, Derek A. 2007. “Unnecessary Roughness? School Sports, Peer Networks, and Male Adolescent Violence.” American Sociological Review 72(5):705-724.
  • Kreager, Derek A. 2007. “When it’s Good to be ‘Bad’: Violence and Adolescent Peer Acceptance.” Criminology 45(4):601-631.
  • Matsueda, Ross L., Derek A. Kreager and David Huizinga. 2006. “Deterring Delinquents: A Rational Choice Model of Theft and Violence.” American Sociological Review 71(1):95-122.
  • Kreager, Derek A. 2004. “Strangers in the Halls: Isolation and Delinquency in School Networks.” Social Forces 83(1):351-390.

Research Interests:

Life Course, Crime and Delinquency, Incarceration, Romantic and Peer Networks

Research Interests:

Families, Relationships, and Interpersonal Networks:

Life Course, Crime and Delinquency, Incarceration, Romantic and Peer Networks

Social Institutions and Culture:

Life Course, Crime and Delinquency, Incarceration, Romantic and Peer Networks

Criminology:

Incarceration and community re-entry, adolescent social networks and health-risk behaviors

Health and Life Course:

Life Course, Crime and Delinquency, Incarceration, Romantic and Peer Networks

Associate Department Head

Jeffery T. Ulmer

  • Professor of Sociology and Criminology
  • Associate Department Head, Department of Sociology and Criminology

(814) 865-6429

jtu100@psu.edu

Undergraduate Directors

Holly Nguyen

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology
  • Director, Undergraduate Program in Criminology

(814) 863-5404

hollynguyen@psu.edu

Stacy Silver

  • Associate Professor of Sociology and Human Development and Family Studies
  • Honors Advisor, Sociology and Criminology
  • Director, Undergraduate Program in Sociology

(814) 865-8798

stacysilver@psu.edu

Graduate Directors

Jeremy Staff

  • Professor of Criminology and Sociology
  • Director, Graduate Program in Criminology

917 Oswald Tower

(814) 865-4560

Stephen A. Matthews

  • Liberal Arts Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Demography
  • Courtesy appointment in Geography,
  • Courtesy appointment School of International Affairs
  • Director, Graduate Program in Demography (Dual-Degree)

507 Oswald Tower, University Park, PA 16802 Tel: 814-863-9721 Office Hours: Spring 2018 Tu: 3-4pm and Wed: 2-3pm For: Demography Training Program by appointment only. Please e-mail me at: sxm27@psu.edu

(814) 863-9721

Jennifer Van Hook

  • Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography
  • Director, Graduate Program in Sociology

706 Oswald Tower

(814) 867-2276

Center Directors

Duane Alwin

  • McCourtney Professor of Sociology and Demography
  • Director, Center for Life Course and Longitudinal Studies

(814) 863-0438

dfa2@psu.edu

Jennifer Glick

  • Arnold S. and Bette G. Hoffman Professor in Sociology
  • Director, Population Research Institute

(814) 863-4719

jeg115@psu.edu

Derek Kreager

  • Liberal Arts Professor of Sociology and Criminology
  • Director, Justice Center for Research

(814) 867-0217

dak27@psu.edu

Gary Zajac

  • Managing Director, Justice Center for Research

(814) 867-3291

gxz3@psu.edu