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List of the most influential people in Criminal Justice, for the years 2010 – 2020

Lawrence W. Sherman
# 1
Lawrence W. Sherman

1949 - Present (72 years)

#21660 person's overall influence

Lawrence W. Sherman was born in 1949 in Schenectady, New York. He graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in political science, before earning his M.A. in social science from the University of Chicago. He went on to earn his diploma in criminology from Cambridge University and his M.A. and Ph.D in sociology from Yale University.

David Weisburd
# 2
David Weisburd

1954 - Present (67 years)

#127253 person's overall influence

David Weisburd was born in 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University, and an M.A., an M.Phil, and a Ph.D in sociology from Yale University. Weisburd currently hold joint appointments as the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law in Jerusalem, Executive Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, and Distinguished Professor at George Mason University.

Christopher Uggen
# 3
Christopher Uggen

1964 - Present (57 years)

#107204 person's overall influence

Christopher Uggen was born in 1964. He earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1995. Uggen has been a prominent sociologist and criminologist for decades and served as University of Minnesota Sociology Department chair from 2006-2012.

# 4
Joan Petersilia

1951 - 2019 (68 years)

#99131 person's overall influence

Joan Ramme Petersilia was an American criminologist and the Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, as well as the faculty co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center.

Jerzy Sarnecki
# 5
Jerzy Sarnecki

1947 - Present (74 years)

#47549 person's overall influence

Jerzy Sarnecki is a professor of criminology at Stockholm University. He studied geodesy as an undergraduate before earning a Ph.D. in sociology from Stockholm University. During his schooling, he worked at youth recreation centres, which led to his later work as a researcher of juvenile delinquency for the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.

Richard Rosenfeld
# 6
Richard Rosenfeld

1948 - Present (73 years)

#70072 person's overall influence

Richard Rosenfeld was born in 1948. He earned his B.A. and his Ph.D in sociology from the University of Oregon. He has been honored by his colleagues on several occasions. He was selected as a Fulbright Scholar in 2016 and received the Edwin H. Sutherland Award from the American Society of Criminology in 2017.

Kevin Beaver
# 7
Kevin Beaver

1977 - Present (44 years)

#93531 person's overall influence

Kevin Beaver is the Judith Rich Harris Professor of Criminology at Florida State University’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, director of the FSU Distance Learning Program, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Drug Issues, and an expert in biosocial criminology. He earned a B.A. in sociology from Ohio University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.

Paul Rock
# 8
Paul Rock

1943 - Present (78 years)

#148691 person's overall influence

Paul Rock is an Emeritus Professor of Social Institutions at the London School of Economics, and a founder and member of the National Deviancy Conference. He earned his first degree at the London School of Economics before earning a D.Phil. from Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. His dissertation explored the morality of a career in debt collection.

Lorraine Mazerolle
# 9
Lorraine Mazerolle

1964 - Present (57 years)

#387100 person's overall influence

Lorraine Mazerolle is chief investigator for the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Experimental Criminology, affiliate professor at the Institute for Social Science Research, and professor at the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. She earned a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

# 10
Steven Raphael

1968 - Present (53 years)

#91324 person's overall influence

Steven Paul Raphael is an American economist. He is Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy and director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an adjunct fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. He is also a research fellow at the University of Michigan National Poverty Center, the University of Chicago Crime Lab, and the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany.

Henry Lee
# 11
Henry Lee

1938 - Present (83 years)

#27098 person's overall influence

Henry Lee is regarded as one of the most influential forensic scientists in the world. He is the founder of the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven. He earned a degree in Police Science from Central Police College in Taiwan. He became the youngest police captain in Taiwanese history at the age of 22.

Travis Hirschi
# 12
Travis Hirschi

1935 - 2017 (82 years)

#19244 person's overall influence

Travis Warner Hirschi was an American sociologist and an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Arizona. He helped to develop the modern version of the social control theory of crime and later the self-control theory of crime.

Nicole Westmarland
# 13
Nicole Westmarland

1977 - Present (44 years)

#100512 person's overall influence

Nicole Westmarland is an activist and professor of criminology for Durham University. She is the organizer of the first North East Conference on Sexual Violence, which has been held annually since 2007 and now coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. She earned a B.Sc. in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Teesside, and an M.A. in women’s studies and a Ph.D. in social policy and social work from the University of York.

Daniel Nagin
# 14
Daniel Nagin

1948 - Present (73 years)

#78431 person's overall influence

Daniel Nagin is the Teresa H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, a statistician and criminologist. He earned a B.S. in administrative and managerial sciences and an M.S. in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. from Heinz College.

Alex Piquero
# 15
Alex Piquero

1970 - Present (51 years)

#192679 person's overall influence

Alex Piquero is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Arts & Sciences Distinguished Scholar at the University of Miami. Piquero additionally holds several other academic appointments including: Professor of Criminology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia; Adjunct Professor in the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University; Life Course Centre Fellow, University of Queensland; and Fellow of the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute. Prior to joining the University of Miami, Piquero was the Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Gr

Daniel Mears
# 16
Daniel Mears

1966 - Present (55 years)

#508924 person's overall influence

Daniel Mears earned a B.A. from Haverford College, and an M.A and Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin. While at the University of Texas at Austin, he was nominated for the school’s Outstanding Dissertation Award and was selected for the national honor society.

Matt DeLisi
# 17
Matt DeLisi
#368943 person's overall influence

Matt DeLisi earned his B.A. from Syracuse University and his Ph.D from the University of Colorado.

Nicole Leeper Piquero
# 18
Nicole Leeper Piquero
#375881 person's overall influence

Nicole Leeper Piquero is Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami. Prior to joining University of Miami, she was the Associate Provost for faculty development and program review and the Robert E. Holmes Jr. Professor of Criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas. She earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland.

# 19
Marc Mauer

1950 - Present (71 years)

#243902 person's overall influence

Marc Mauer is the executive director of the Sentencing Project, a group that advocates for criminal justice reform and addressing racial disparities in the United States criminal-justice system.

Thomas Blomberg
# 20
Thomas Blomberg
#409620 person's overall influence

Thomas Blomberg is a criminologist, Dean and Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology at the Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and the Executive Director or the Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research. He earned a B.A. in sociology, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in criminology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Scott Decker
# 21
Scott Decker

1950 - Present (71 years)

#277287 person's overall influence

Scott Decker is the Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University and researcher in criminology. He earned a B.A. from DePauw University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Biko Agozino
# 22
Biko Agozino

1961 - Present (60 years)

#321251 person's overall influence

Biko Agozino is a Nigerian criminologist and author, and a founding member of the International governing council of the Centre for Democracy and Development in Lagos, Nigeria, and the criminology unit coordinator and professor of sociology at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. He earned a B.Sc. in sociology from the University of Calabar, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Edinburgh.

Karuppannan Jaishankar
# 23
Karuppannan Jaishankar

1973 - Present (48 years)

#102465 person's overall influence

Karuppannan Jaishankar is the founder of cyber criminology as a subdiscipline of criminology, founder and president of the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology, co-founder of the Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling, the editor-in-chief of International Journal of Cyber Criminology, and a professor and head of the Department of Criminology at Raksha Shakti University. He earned a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the PSG College of Arts and Science, Bharathiar University, an M.A. in criminology and a PG Diploma in Geographic Information Systems Management from the University of Madras, a

Matthew Barnett Robinson
# 24
Matthew Barnett Robinson

1970 - Present (51 years)

#192398 person's overall influence

Matthew Barnett Robinson is a full professor and criminologist for Appalachian State University in North Carolina. He earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University. His research interests have included social justice, race and crime, criminological theory, the death penalty, the “war on drugs”, crime mapping and white-collar crime. He has published more than twenty books, including The Drug Trade and the Criminal Justice System, Crime Mapping and Spatial Aspects of Crime: Theory and Practice, Death Nation: The Experts Explain American Capital Punishment, and Greed is Good: Maximization and El...

Michael Tonry
# 25
Michael Tonry

1945 - Present (76 years)

#54781 person's overall influence

Michael Tonry was born in 1945 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He earned his B.A. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, before going on to graduate with an L.L.B. from Yale Law School.

Anthony Walsh
# 26
Anthony Walsh

1941 - Present (80 years)

#125392 person's overall influence

Anthony Walsh is a former law enforcement officer and professor at Boise State University. He earned a B.A. in sociology from Eastern Michigan University, an M.A. in medical sociology from the University of Toledo, and a Ph.D. in criminology from Bowling Green State University.

Mary Francesca Bosworth
# 27
Mary Francesca Bosworth

1971 - Present (50 years)

#455432 person's overall influence

Mary Francesca Bosworth is the UK Editor-in-Chief of the journal Theoretical Criminology, a Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford, and a Professor of Social Sciences from Monash University. She studied the arts at the University of Western Australia before earning an M.Phil and a doctorate in criminology from the University of Cambridge.

David Wilson
# 28
David Wilson

1956 - Present (65 years)

#100857 person's overall influence

David Wilson is a professor emeritus of criminology at Birmingham City University. He studied at the University of Glasgow and Selwyn College at Cambridge before earning his Ph.D. from the Cambridge Institute of Criminology.

Michael R. Gottfredson
# 29
Michael R. Gottfredson

1951 - Present (70 years)

#36425 person's overall influence

Michael Ryan Gottfredson is the former President of the University of Oregon, serving from August 1, 2012 to August 6, 2014.

# 30
Jock Young

1942 - 2013 (71 years)

#39115 person's overall influence

Jock Young was a British sociologist and an influential criminologist.

# 31
Wayne Osgood
#472632 person's overall influence

Donald Wayne Osgood is an American criminologist and professor emeritus of criminology and sociology at Pennsylvania State University. He has been a fellow of the American Society of Criminology since 2005, and the editor-in-chief of their official journal, Criminology, since 2011. He is also a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, since 2011.

# 32
Brian J. Frederick
#639618 person's overall influence

Brian J. Frederick is a cultural/queer criminologist and Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice & Policing at the University of Portsmouth‘s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies. He completed an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Global and Cultural Criminology programme at the School of Social Policy, Sociology & Social Research at the University of Kent and at the Institut für Kriminologische Sozialforschung at the Universität Hamburg . His research focuses on the ways in which the ongoing commercialisation, commodification and gentrification of gay/queer physical space and gay/queer virtua

Kim Workman
# 33
Kim Workman
#220917 person's overall influence

Sir Robert Kinsela Workman , commonly known as Kim Workman, is a New Zealand criminal justice advocate.

# 34
Barry Latzer

1945 - Present (76 years)

#217739 person's overall influence

Barry Latzer is an American criminologist and emeritus professor of criminal justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He previously taught at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He also prosecuted and defended accused criminals while teaching both there and at John Jay. In 2016, his book The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America was published by Encounter Books. He is an expert on core curricula and a supporter of capital punishment.

# 35
Neal Hazel
#552622 person's overall influence

Neal Hazel is a British criminologist and social policy analyst who is best known for his research on youth justice and on family support. He is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Salford and is the former Her Majesty's Deputy Chief Inspector of Probation for England and Wales.

# 36
John Edward Douglas

1945 - Present (76 years)

#39629 person's overall influence

John Edward Douglas is a retired special agent and unit chief in the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation . He was one of the first criminal profilers and has written books on criminal psychology.

Shaun L. Gabbidon
# 37
Shaun L. Gabbidon

1967 - Present (54 years)

#125535 person's overall influence

Shaun L. Gabbidon was born in England. He earned a Ph.D in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

David P. Farrington
# 38
David P. Farrington
#198017 person's overall influence

David P. Farrington was born in 1944 in Ormskirk, Lancashire, England. He earned his B.A., M.A., and PhD in psychology from Cambridge University. Farrington has focused on the long-term development of criminal behavior. Most notably, he conducted a 24-year study of 411 boys in London, England. He has also explored interventions to prevent criminality, as well as how upbringing, geography, and socioeconomic status correlate to the development of criminal impulses or behaviors.

David Theo Goldberg
# 39
David Theo Goldberg

1952 - Present (69 years)

#57507 person's overall influence

David Theo Goldberg is the director of the systemwide University of California Humanities Research Institute, and a Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Anthropology for the University of California at Irvine. He studied economics, politics, and philosophy from the University of Cape Town before earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from the City University of New York.

# 40
Sofía Espinoza Álvarez

1989 - Present (32 years)

#495581 person's overall influence

Sofía Stefani Espinoza Álvarez is a Mexican-American author, researcher, and advocate. As a researcher and criminologist, she has participated in an intensive program of research aimed at providing readers with evidence-based information and analysis of the issues of Latinos in the United States.

David M. Kennedy
# 41
David M. Kennedy

1958 - Present (63 years)

#165362 person's overall influence

David M. Kennedy is a criminologist, professor, action researcher, and author specializing in crime prevention among inner city gangs, especially in the prevention of violent acts among street gangs. Kennedy developed the Operation Ceasefire group violence intervention in Boston in the 1990s and the High Point Model drug market intervention in High Point, North Carolina, in 2003, which have proven to reduce violence and eliminate overt drug markets in jurisdictions around the United States. He founded the National Network for Safe Communities in 2009 to support cities using these and related ...

# 42
Travis Pratt
#567165 person's overall influence

Travis Cameron Pratt is an American criminologist and fellow at the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers on topics such as prison policy and theoretical criminology. He is particularly known for his research on private prisons.

# 43
John Lea

1944 - Present (77 years)

#202072 person's overall influence

John Lea is a British left realist criminologist. For many years he was based at the Centre for Criminology and the Crime and Conflict Research Centre, Middlesex University in the United Kingdom.

# 44
Susanne Karstedt

1949 - Present (72 years)

#590144 person's overall influence

Susanne Karstedt is a German criminologist. She is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia.

Tracy Andrus
# 45
Tracy Andrus

1962 - Present (59 years)

#387484 person's overall influence

Tracy Andrus is a criminologist who is recognized for the development of two crime theories —"Enviroecogenetics" and "Broke Theory." He earned four college degrees and became the first African American in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in juvenile justice. After being sentenced to 57 years in prison for check kiting, Andrus spent only three years in the Louisiana and Texas Department of Corrections and was released in 1994. This started his interest in the criminal justice system. Andrus spends at least 20 weeks out of the year traveling abroad speaking to disadvantaged youth who are chil

# 46
Roger Matthews

1948 - 2020 (72 years)

#193507 person's overall influence

Roger Matthews , was a British criminologist. He was a Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom. Prior to joining the University of Kent, he was a professor of criminology at London South Bank University and Middlesex University.

# 47
John Braithwaite

1951 - Present (70 years)

#140821 person's overall influence

John Braithwaite was born in 1951 in Ipswich, Australia. He earned his B.A. and Ph.D from the University of Queensland.

Howard Zehr
# 48
Howard Zehr

1944 - Present (77 years)

#104699 person's overall influence

Howard J. Zehr is an American criminologist. Zehr is considered to be a pioneer of the modern concept of restorative justice.

# 49
Nicole Hahn Rafter

1939 - 2016 (77 years)

#158975 person's overall influence

Nicole Hahn Rafter was a feminist criminology professor at Northeastern University. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, achieved her Master of Arts in Teaching from Harvard University, and obtained a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from State University of New York in Albany. She began her career as a high school and college English professor and switched to criminal justice in her mid-thirties.

# 50
Jason Brilz

1975 - Present (46 years)

#227995 person's overall influence

Jason Brilz is a retired American mixed martial artist who most recently fought in the Heavyweight division. A professional competitor since 2000, he has competed for the UFC, Titan FC, and King of the Cage.