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Understanding why some people choose a life of crime

Published: June 24th, 2008

Category: Spotlights

Alex Piquero

Alex Piquero

Professor of Criminology
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

UF’s Department of Criminology, Law and Society recently ranked No. 11 among graduate programs, according to U.S. News and World Report, and criminology professor Alex Piquero is part of the department’s high-ranking success.

Piquero, who is a 2005 Magid Term Professor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, came to UF in 2001 and has quickly made a name for himself in the criminology field. His research involves several longitudinal studies that examine the patterns of lifetime criminal activity, as well as the factors that account for changes in criminal activity.

Piquero’s book, “Offending Over the Life Courses: The South London Males at Age 40,” will be published later this year, and he also is working on a study that examines how serious juvenile offenders transition out of crime in late adolescence and early adulthood. He serves on the editorial boards of 10 journals and teaches Doctoral Methods, Life-Course Criminology and Criminological Theory.

The American Society of Criminology has recognized Piquero with the Ruth Shonle Cavan Award, which honors outstanding scholarly contributions to the discipline of criminology. The FBI and Bureau of Justice Statistics also have appointed Piquero to serve on a committee that is revamping the crime index used by the federal government. In 2005, Piquero received a UF Teacher of the Year Award in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Photo credit: Kristen Bartlett Grace — University Photography

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