Department of Sociology & Criminology
Jeffrey Lin, Assistant Professor, studies crime and punishment in the United States. He received his PhD in Sociology from New York University in 2005. His dissertation research explored court decisions to incarcerate juvenile offenders in New York City, as well as the impact of incarceration on the criminal behavior of these young offenders. After completing his dissertation, Professor Lin served as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Irvine, where he studied issues related to the reform of California’s adult prison and parole systems. Since coming to DU, he has begun working with the State of Colorado to assess the effectiveness of new strategies of supervising offenders in the community. He has also started to study the management of sex offenders, assessing the utility of laws designed to control their continued offending. Dr. Lin has published several articles and policy reports on these topics, and his future research will continue to focus on relationships between correctional institutions and criminal behavior. His research and teaching interests include crime, corrections, juvenile justice, inequality, and quantitative methods.