Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2003
Criminology, Stratification, Communities/Urban Sociology
The unifying theme of my research is understanding how stratification and inequality impact level of crime and social control efforts. My research interests focus on identifying how position in the social structure (e.g., gender and race/ethnicity) interacts with structural features of communities (e.g., inequality, unemployment) to engender varying levels of crime and social control across place. I also have an interest in trends in crime and community sociology. My most current work examines how cross-community differences in family structure impact female and male levels of violence and also how changes in family structure have influenced trends in female and male violence.
Schwartz, Jennifer, Meredith Williams, and Katie Clemons. 2014. “Thirty years of sex stratification in violent crime partnerships and groups.” Feminist Criminology. Advance online publication: doi: 10.1177/1557085114536765..
Schwartz, Jennifer and Ardavan Davaran. 2013. “Enforcement of DUI law following 0.08% BAC law change: Sex-specific consequences of changing arrest practices?” Addictive Behaviors 38: 2506-2512.
Steffensmeier, Darrell, Jennifer Schwartz, and Mike Roche. 2013. “Gender and 21st Century Corporate Crime: Female Involvement and Gender Gap in Enron-Era Corporate Frauds.” American Sociological Review 78: 448-476.