Christopher Seto

Christopher Seto
PhD Candidate
University Graduate Fellow
Graduate Research Assistant

Curriculum Vitae


The Pennsylvania State University, State College PA, PhD: Criminology. In Progress, Minor: Social Data Analytics
The Pennsylvania State University, State College PA, May 2020, Master of Arts: Criminology
Hope College, Holland MI, May 2016, Bachelor of Science: Engineering—electrical emphasis (ABET accredited), Bachelor of Arts: Sociology, Minor: Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude

Professional Bio

 I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Criminology and Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University.

I research religious, moral, and ideological causes of crime and health behaviors. I study these topics both at the individual and community levels. I am also interested in the application of machine learning and big social data to understanding these phenomena at scale.


Block, Ray*, Michael Burnham*, Kayla Kahn*, Rachel Peng*, Jeremy Seeman*, & Christopher Seto*. “Perceived Risk, Political Polarization, and Adherence to COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines.” Social Science & Medicine 305, 115091.

Seto, Christopher. 2021. “Saving Grace? Religious Ecology and Deaths of Despair.” Social Science & Medicine. Advanced online publication.

Seto, Christopher. 2021. “Religious Identity and Delinquency: Comparing Muslim, Christian and Non-religious Adolescents in the United Kingdom.” British Journal of Criminology. Advanced online publication.

Seto, Christopher. 2021. “Understanding Delinquency Among the Spiritual but not Religious.” Sociology of Religion 82(2): 156-178.

Seto, Christopher & Iman Said. 2020. “Religious Perceptions of Crime and Implications for Punitiveness.” Punishment and Society. 146247452096003.

Staff, Jeremy, Jennifer Maggs, Christopher Seto, Julia Dillavou, & Michael Vuolo. 2020. “Electronic and Combustible Cigarette Use in Adolescence: Links with Adjustment, Delinquency, and Other Substance Use.” Journal of Adolescent Health 66:39-47.

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