Lab Members

Directors

John Hipp
Faculty Page
Professor
hippj@uci.edu
Charis E. Kubrin
Faculty Page
Professor
ckubrin@uci.edu

 

 

 

 

Graduate Students

 

Christopher J. Bates is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. He has been a proud anteater for over six years. Chris currently serves as the webmaster for ILSSC, so please contact him if anything on the site is broken. For more information on Chris’ education and research interests visit here.
Email: batesc@uci.edu
Nicholas Branic is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. He received a B.A. in Justice Studies from James Madison University and an M.A. in Criminology from the University of South Florida. His research focuses primarily on neighborhood context of crime, privatization, social inequalities, and ex-offender reentry.
Email: nbranic@uci.edu
DSC00693_2Christopher Contreras is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. He earned a B.A. in Criminology, Law and Society and Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach. Christopher is interested in the incivilities thesis, land use, and the community context of crime. 
Email: ccontre3@uci.edu
DSC00693_2Benjamin J. Forthun is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. He received his BA and MA in Sociology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Ben is interested in the mechanisms linking neighborhood structure to behavior, and improving measurement bias through the development of perceptually meaningful units of spatial analyses. 
Email: bforthun@uci.edu
DSC00693_2Navjyot Gill is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with Honors and received her B.A. in History, Ethnic Studies and Education. Raised in Southeast Bakersfield, Navjyot first-handedly witnessed her neighborhood change and transform into one of the deadliest zip codes in Kern County. This fueled her research interests and led her to write an honors thesis titled, “The Walking Bus: Cycles of Poverty and Educational Inequities Among Students of Color and Immigrant Communities in Kern County.” Her research interests include spatial analysis of crime, social and economic inequities in racially segregated neighborhoods and its role in resource allocation, education and violence. 
Email: navjyotg@uci.edu;  
Young-An Kim is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. He received a B.A. in Urban Sociology from University of Seoul (South Korea) and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at El Paso. His research interests are crime and community, sociology of health, urban sociology and, multilevel statistical models. Website: http://youngankim.weebly.com/.
Email: youngank@uci.edu
Michelle Mioduszewski is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Michelle is interested in the relationship between housing, crime, and city policies. She is currently using quasi-experimental methods to examine outcomes such as housing prices, crime, neighborhood revitalization efforts, and the effects of place based policies on neighborhood level outcomes. 

Email: mmiodusz@uci.edu
Hwawon Seo is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. She received her B.A. in Police Administration and Sociology from Dongguk University (South Korea). She earned an M.A. in Criminology from Dongguk University and an M.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Hwawon is interested in spatial patterns of crime, environmental criminology, and neighborhood context of juvenile delinquency.
Email: hwawons@uci.edu
Rylan Simpson is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology. His research interests include policing, neighborhoods and crime. Website: http://www.rylansimpson.com
Email: simpson@uci.edu
sethpicSeth A. Williams is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society. He earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Sociology at Bowling Green State University. His research focuses on segregation, social capital, social control, neighborhood mobility and urban change.
Email:sethw@uci.edu

 

 

 

Undergraduate Students

Daniel Schuman is a criminology law and society major with a minor in digital information systems. His research interests include predictive policing and computer crimes. Email: dschuman@uci.edu
Eric Hernandez is an undergraduate student double majoring in Psychology & Social Behavior and Criminology, Law and Society. He is interested in researching personality characteristics of those who escape poverty within the Latino community.
Email: ehernan6@uci.edu
Sukayna Jaidi is a Campuswide Honors Program and Social Ecology Honors Program undergraduate student. She is a Criminology, Law and Society major. Her research interests are in immigration and crime in U.S. cities. She was a UROP Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year and her project was titled: “Special Call (Peace): “Coming to America”: Exploring the Relationship between Immigration and Crime during the 20th and 21st Centuries,” under the supervision of Professor John Hipp.
Email: sjaidi@uci.edu
DSCN0826Katelyn Seieroe is an undergraduate student triple majoring in Criminology, Law and Society, Psychology and Social Behavior, and Education Sciences. Her research interests include juvenile delinquency and the intersection between crime and education, such as through the school to prison pipeline
Email: kseieroe@uci.edu
DSCN0826Kevin Pedraza is an undergraduate student majoring in Criminology, Law and Society. His academic interests include studying violent crime distribution in neighborhoods, genocidal violence, and rampage shootings.
Email: kpedraz1@uci.edu/a>
DSCN0826Jingwei (Maggie) Li is an undergraduate double majoring in Business Economics and Political Science. She is interested in social inequality, economic effects on public policy, immigrant community, and logic and philosophy.
Email: jingwel7@uci.edu
DSCN0826Harrison Su is a student double majoring in Economics and Mathematics. His research interests are education policy and community economic development.
Email: penglis@uci.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laboratory Alumni – Graduate Students

Adam Boessen received his Ph.D. in 2014 in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His research focuses on neighborhoods and the community context of crime, spatial analysis, social networks, and juvenile delinquency.Website: www.adamboessen.com
Alyssa Chamberlain received her Ph.D. in 2012 in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and is now an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Here is an article describing  some of the research she did while here.
Email: Alyssa.Chamberlain@asu.edu
rupa_spacelab2 Rupa Jose received her Ph.D. in 2017 in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Division of Global Health in the School of Medicine at UC San Diego. Her research interests include domestic violence, social support, and juvenile delinquency.
Email: rupaj@uci.edu
James Wo received his Ph.D. from the Department of Criminology, Law and Society in 2017. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Iowa. His research and teaching interests are in criminology, collective mobilization and social action, research methods and statistics, and urban sociology with an emphasis on neighborhoods and crime.
Faculty page
Email: james-wo@uiowa.edu