Lab Members

Directors

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

Graduate Students

 

Christopher J. Bates is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society. He has been a proud anteater for over six years. For more information on Chris’ education and research interests visit here.
Email: batesc@uci.edu
Christopher Contreras is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society. He earned a B.A. in Criminology, Law & Society and Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach. Christopher’s research focuses on neighborhood disorder, drugs and crime, public policy, and the community context of crime.
Email: ccontre3@uci.edu
DSC00693_2Benjamin J. Forthun is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society. He received his B.A. and M.A. 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 & Society. She graduated from UC Berkeley with Honors and received her B.A. in History, Ethnic Studies and Education. Raised in Southeast Bakersfield, Navjyot first-handedly witnessed her neighborhood transform into one of the deadliest zip codes in Kern County, which led to her honors thesis, “The Walking Bus: Cycles of Poverty and Educational Inequities Among Students of Color and Immigrant Communities in Kern County.” Her interests include spatial analysis of crime, and inequity in racially-segregated neighborhoods and its impact on resource allocation and violence. 
Email: navjyotg@uci.edu;  
Xiaoshuang (Iris) Luo is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society at UCI. She has a diverse background with bachelor’s degree in financial management and economics, work experience in intellectual property agencies, and master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests are in the realms of neighborhood and crime, crime mapping and spatial analysis, and quantitative methods.
Email: xiaosh.luo@uci.edu
Michelle Mioduszewski is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law & 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 & 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 & 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

Eric Hernandez is an undergraduate student double majoring in Psychology & Social Behavior and Criminology, Law & Society. He is interested in researching personality characteristics of those who escape poverty within the Latino community.
Email: ehernan6@uci.edu
DSCN0826Kevin Pedraza is an undergraduate student majoring in Criminology, Law & Society. His academic interests include studying violent crime distribution in neighborhoods, genocidal violence, and rampage shootings. He will be attending graduate school in Sociology at Northwestern University.
Email: kpedraz1@uci.edu/a>
DSCN0826Jingwei (Maggie) Li is an undergraduate double major in Business Economics and Political Science. She is interested in social inequality, economic effects on public policy, immigrant communities, and logic and philosophy.
Email: jingwel7@uci.edu

Laboratory Alumni – Graduate Students

Young-An Kim received his Ph.D. in 2018 in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society and is now an Assistant Professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. 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

Adam Boessen received his Ph.D. in 2014 in the Department of Criminology, Law & 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 & 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 at UCI.
Email: Alyssa.Chamberlain@asu.edu
rupa_spacelab2 Rupa Jose received her Ph.D. in 2017 in the Department of Psychology & 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 & 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