Stacy De Coster
Stacy De Coster is Professor of Sociology, Assistant Head/Director of Undergraduate Programs, Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Crime, Law, and Deviance section, and a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers. She currently serves on editorial boards for Criminology, Society & Mental Health, and Social Currents and has served previously on the board for Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency.
Dr. De Coster researches and teaches in the areas of gender and crime, juvenile delinquency, racialized social control, intersectionalities and violence, and gendered victimization. Her research agenda focuses specifically on extending theories of offending by drawing on work in feminist sociology, sociology of race and ethnicity, sociology of mental health, sociology of family, and social psychology. Her main streams of research focus on: (1) analyzing patterns of offending across gender, race, poverty, and intersectional inequalities; (2) understanding the conditions and processes through which inequality, communities, families, and peers influence adolescent identities, emotions, well-being, and behaviors; and (3) applying core insights from criminological theories to diverse phenomenon, including mental health, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence.
Dr. De Coster’s research has been published in criminology journals (Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, Theoretical Criminology, and Feminist Criminology), sociology journals (Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Quarterly, and Work and Occupations), interdisciplinary journals (Youth & Society and Journal of Youth and Adolescence), and book volumes and series.
Teaching and Research Interests
Crime and Social Control; Sociology of Mental Health; Inequality: Gender, Race, Class, and Intersecting Inequalities; Social Psychology; Sociology of Family
Selected examples (for full list see vitae):
Inequalities (Gender, Race, Poverty, Intersectionalities) and Offending:
Family Inequalities, Family Processes, and Offending:
Mental Health, Emotions, Identities, and Delinquency:
Professor of Sociology and Criminology
Assistant Head | Undergraduate Coordinator
Crime, Law, and Social Control Area Coordinator
Chair, Crime, Law, and Deviance Section of the ASA
Criminology, Editorial Board
Social Currents, Editorial Board
Society & Mental Health, Editorial Board
Ph.D. Sociology University of Iowa
M.A. Sociology University of Iowa
B.A. Sociology and Philosophy Saint Norbert College