Jessica Deitzer, Ph.D.


Main Focus

Dr. Jessica Deitzer’s research contextualizes criminal decision-making research with self, social, and environmental factors. Currently, she studies how harsh and unpredictable environments can lead to short-term mindsets and crime. She is also interested in how choices unfold over time, including selection into situations, relationships, and contexts. She uses quantitative and qualitative methodology.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2020: PhD Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Maryland
  • 2015: MS Criminal Justice, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 2013: BA Psychology and Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University


Why are some people more likely to commit crime than others? Answers to this question, which is at the heart of criminology, can be grouped into two broad views. On the one hand, dispositional perspectives argue that stable factors within the individual, such as lack of self-control, lie at the roots of criminal conduct. Sociogenic perspec­tives… more


Journal Article (6)

Journal Article
McGloin, J. M., Thomas, K., Rowan, Z., & Deitzer, J. (2021). Can the group disincentivize offending? Considering opt-out thresholds and decision reversals. Criminology. doi:10.1111/1745-9125.12289
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Deitzer, J., Leban, L., Copes, H., & Wilcox, S. (2021). Criminal self-efficacy and perceptions of risk and reward among women methamphetamine manufacturers. Justice Quarterly. doi:10.1080/07418825.2021.1901965
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Deitzer, J., Leban, L., & Copes, H. (2019). “The times have changed, the dope has changed”: Women’s cooking roles and gender performances in shake methamphetamine markets. Criminology, 57(2), 268–288. Retrieved from
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Webb, M., Deitzer, J., & Copes, H. (2017). Methamphetamine, symbolic boundaries, and using status. Deviant Behavior, 38(12), 1393–1405. Retrieved from
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Copes, H., Leban, L., Kerley, K. R., & Deitzer, J. (2016). Identities, boundaries, and accounts of women methamphetamine users. Justice Quarterly, 33(1), 134–158. Retrieved from
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Kerley, K. R., Deitzer, J., & Leban, L. (2014). Who is in control? How women in a halfway house use faith to recover from drug addiction. Religions, 5(3), 852–870. Retrieved from
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