Christopher Palmore

Christopher  Palmore
1001 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-6334

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. M.A., Criminology, Pennsylvania State University
  2. B.A., Psychology, California State University, Long Beach


Christopher Palmore is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Penn State University (expected completion May 2017). Christopher’s research examines violence, victimization, and neighborhood effects on crime. He is particularly interested in the relationship between routine activities and involvement in crime, and the role of neighborhoods and activity spaces in exposure to violence. His dissertation involves three studies that examine 1) the causal effects of unstructured socializing in an adult inmate sample; 2) the interaction between self-control and unstructured socializing; and 3) bystander effects in violent conflicts. Chris received his B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and his undergraduate research concentrated on cognition and metacognition. His work in this area can be seen in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. Chris received his M.A. in Criminology from Penn State. His Master’s thesis examined the interaction between self-control and strain, and has been turned into a paper that is currently under review for publication. His other projects at Penn State have examined the biases associated with the attribution of blame to victims, the effects of traditional attitudes in victim-blaming, and the role of neighborhood disadvantage in the victim-offender overlap.

Dissertation Chair(s):

Richard B. Felson

Research Interests:

violence and victimization, neighborhood effects, routine activities, criminological theory