Jessica Deitzer, Ph.D.


Main Focus

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


Short-Term Mindsets and Crime

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

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