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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education


 Member Janet Lauritsen 

Janet L. Lauritsen

Department Criminology and Criminal Justice

University of Missouri-St. Louis



JANET L. LAURITSEN is professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her areas of research include the causes and consequences of victimization, the social and historical contexts of crime and victimization, and quantitative research methodologies. She is also currently visiting research fellow at the Bureau of Justice Statistics (US Department of Justice) where she is working with data from the National Crime Victimization Survey to measure patterns and trends in victimization. With support from the National Science Foundation, she is also working with Karen Heimer and Joseph Lang to analyze how the correlates of violent victimization such as gender, race and ethnicity, and poverty status have changed in the US over the past four decades. Her most recent publications cover topics such as gender inequality and violence against women, the relationship between changing economic conditions and violent victimization, and racial inequality and reporting crime to the police. Dr. Lauritsen serves on the Editorial Boards of several journals including Criminology, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and Criminology & Public Policy. She was a member of the recent National Research Council Committee on National Statistics Panel to Review the Programs of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (2007-2008), the Committee on Law and Justice Panel on Understanding Crime Trends (2007), and the Committee on Law and Justice Panel to Review Police Policy and Practice (2000-2003). She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Read More

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