Holly Nguyen

Holly Nguyen

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology

905 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-5404

Curriculum Vitae

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Education:

  1. Ph.D., University of Maryland

Biography:

Research Interests

My research and teaching interests fall into three general areas. First, I am interested in investigating how rewards from criminal and non-criminal behavior (monetary, intrinsic and social) are related to the criminal career. Second, I investigate the selection into and consequences of group crime. Third, I enjoy examining various aspects of illicit drug markets.

Research Projects

I am currently engaged in several collaborative research projects. My colleagues and I are conducting surveys with inmates in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility to further understand how experiences with, rewards from and perceptions of various income generating activities are related to successful reentry. In another collaborative project (funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council), my colleagues and I are conducting randomized experiments to disentangle the mechanisms of deviant modeling on subsequent deviant behavior. I am also using various sources of secondary data to investigate my three general areas of interest, rewards to crime, groups and crime and illicit drug markets.

Research Interests:

Rewards from Crime, Groups and Crime, Illicit Drug Markets, Criminological Theory

Research Interests:

Families, Relationships, and Interpersonal Networks:

Rewards from Crime, Groups and Crime, Illicit Drug Markets, Criminological Theory

Social Institutions and Culture:

Rewards from Crime, Groups and Crime, Illicit Drug Markets, Criminological Theory

Criminology:

Rewards from criminal and non-criminal behavior, consequences of group crime, illicit drug markets