Department of Sociology Schwartz, Jennifer
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2003


Criminology, Stratification, Communities/Urban Sociology


Research Interests

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.


(509) 335-2657

Wilson-Short Hall 243

Curriculum Vitae