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Curriculum Vitae

Elizabeth Griffiths

Rutgers University Phone: 973.353.3303

School of Criminal Justice Fax: 973.353.5896

Center for Law and Justice Email: elizabeth.griffiths@rutgers.edu

123 Washington Street

Newark, NJ 07102

Academic Appointments

2013-present Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University.

2011-2013 Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University.

2006-2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Emory University.

2005-2006 Instructor, Department of Sociology, Emory University.


2007. Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Toronto.

1998. M.A. in Sociology, University of Toronto.

1997. B.A. (First Class Honours) in Sociology (major), University of Calgary.

Law in the Liberal Arts (minor), Concentration in Criminology.

Research & Teaching Interests Criminological Theory Urban Sociology Communities & Crime Community-Engaged Scholarship Miscarriages of Justice GIS and Spatial Methodologies Awards 2013 Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence Award, Rutgers University 2010 Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Sociology, Emory University American Society of Criminology Gene Carte Award, 2nd place (with Jorge M. Chavez) 2003 2002 Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2000 NSF’s National Consortium on Violence Research Pre-Doctoral Fellow (2000-2003) 2000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship (2000-2002) 2000 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (declined) 1999 University of Toronto Open Fellowship 1998 University of Toronto Open Fellowship 1 Revised 02/16 Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles *Asterisk indicates that co-author is a current or former student Xu, Jie and Elizabeth Griffiths. Forthcoming. Shooting on the Street: Measuring the Spatial Influence of Physical Features on Gun Violence in a Bounded Street Network. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Nir, Esther* and Elizabeth Griffiths. Forthcoming. Sentencing on the Evidence. Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Griffiths, Elizabeth and Johnna Christian. 2015. Considering focused deterrence in the age of Ferguson, Baltimore, North Charleston, and beyond. Policy Essay. Criminology & Public Policy 14 (3): 573-581.

Keith, Shelley* and Elizabeth Griffiths. 2014. Urban Code or Urban Legend: Endorsement of the Street Code among Delinquent Youth in Urban, Suburban, and Rural Georgia. Race and Justice 4 (3): 270-298.

Griffiths, Elizabeth. 2013. Race, Space, and the Spread of Violence across the City. Social Problems 60 (4): 491-512.

Owens, Michael Leo and Elizabeth Griffiths. 2011/2012. Uneven Reparations for Wrongful Convictions: Examining the State Politics of Statutory Compensation Legislation. Albany Law Review 75 (3): 1283-1327.

Griffiths, Elizabeth, Carolyn Yule and Rosemary Gartner. 2011. Fighting over Trivial Things:

Explaining the Issue of Contention in Violent Altercations. Criminology 49 (1): 61-94.

Griffiths, Elizabeth. 2010. Clearing the Misty Landscape: Teaching Students What They Didn’t Know Then, But Know Now. College Teaching 58 (1): 32-37.

Griffiths, Elizabeth and George Tita. 2009. Homicide In and Around Public Housing: Is Public Housing a Hotbed, a Magnet, or a Generator of Violence for the Surrounding Community?

Social Problems 56 (3): 474-493.

Yule, Carolyn and Elizabeth Griffiths. 2009. Household Structure, Coupling Constraints, and the Non-Partner Victimization Risks of Adults. The Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 46 (4): 495-523.

Chavez, Jorge M. and Elizabeth Griffiths. 2009. Neighborhood Dynamics of Urban Violence:

Understanding the Immigration Connection. Homicide Studies 13 (3): 261-273.

Griffiths, Elizabeth, Robert D. Baller, Ryan E. Spohn, and Rosemary Gartner. 2008. Is There Such a Thing as Defended Community Homicide?: The Necessity of Methods Triangulation.

Victims & Offenders 3 (2): 228-244.

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Tita, George and Elizabeth Griffiths. 2005. Traveling to Violence: The Case for a MobilityBased Spatial Typology of Homicide. The Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 42 (3): 275-308.

Abridged version reprinted in: Crutchfield, Robert D., Charis E. Kubrin, George S.

Bridges, and Joseph G. Weis (Eds.). 2008. Crime: Readings. Third Edition. Los Angeles:

Sage Publications, pp. 330-338.

Griffiths, Elizabeth and Jorge M. Chavez. 2004. Communities, Street Guns, and Homicide Trajectories in Chicago, 1980-1995: Merging Methods for Examining Homicide Trends across Space and Time. Criminology 42 (4): 941-978.

Textbooks Howell, James C. and Elizabeth Griffiths. 2015. Gangs in America’s Communities. 2nd Edition.

Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters Griffiths, Elizabeth and Michael Leo Owens. 2014. Remedying Wrongful Conviction: Societal Obligations to Exonerees. Pp. 267-280 in Redlich and Acker (Eds.), Examining Wrongful Convictions: Stepping Back, Moving Forward. North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press.

Griffiths, Elizabeth, Jessica M. Grosholz* and Lesley Watson.* 2011. Predatory Routines and Games. Pp. 117-33 in McGloin, Sullivan and Kennedy (Eds.), When Crime Appears: The Role of Emergence. New York: Routledge.

Griffiths, Elizabeth. 2011. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis. Pp. 442in Paul Vogt and Malcolm Williams (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Innovation in Social Research Methods. London: Sage Publications.

Anselin, Luc, Elizabeth Griffiths, and George Tita. 2008. Crime Mapping and Hot Spot Analysis. Pp. 97-116 in Wortley, Mazerolle, and Rombouts (Eds.), Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis. United Kingdom: Willan Publishing.

Government or Technical Reports Rich, Michael J., Moshe Haspel, Yuk Fai Cheong, Elizabeth Griffiths, Kelly Hill, Michael Kramer, Michael Leo Owens, and Lance Waller. December 2013. Atlanta Housing Authority Moving to Work Demonstration. Atlanta MTW Panel Study: Wave I Household Survey Report.

Howell, James C., Arlen Egley, Jr., George E. Tita, and Elizabeth Griffiths. 2011. U.S. Gang Problem Trends and Seriousness, 1996-2009. National Gang Center Bulletin, No. 6. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs.

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Reprinted in: Egley, Arlen, Jr., Cheryl L. Maxson, Jody Miller, and Malcolm W. Klein (Eds.). Forthcoming. The Modern Gang Reader. Fourth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rich, Michael, Michael Leo Owens, Elizabeth Griffiths, Moshe Haspel, Kelly Hill,* Adrienne Smith,* and Katy Stigers.* January 2010. McDaniel-Glenn Evaluation: Final Report.

Rich, Michael, Michael Leo Owens, Elizabeth Griffiths, Moshe Haspel, Kelly Hill,* Adrienne Smith,* and Katy Stigers.* July 2009. McDaniel-Glenn Evaluation: Baseline Report.

Welsh, Sandy, Myrna Dawson and Elizabeth Griffiths. 1999. Women and the Canadian Human

Rights Act: Sexual Harassment Complaints to the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Ottawa:

Status of Women Canada, pg. 181-215.

Encyclopedia Entries Griffiths, Elizabeth. 2014. Public Housing and Crime Patterns. Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Pp. 4143-52 in Bruinsma and Weisburd (Eds.). New York: Springer.

Griffiths, Elizabeth and Jorge M. Chavez. 2014. Longitudinal Crime Trends at Places.

Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Pp. 2953-60 in Bruinsma and Weisburd (Eds.). New York: Springer.

Griffiths, Elizabeth. 2010. Turner, Ralph H.: Deviant Roles and the Social Construction of Behavior. Pp. 971-2 in Francis T. Cullen and Pamela Wilcox (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory. Sage Publications.

Manuscripts under Review/In Progress Griffiths, Elizabeth, Jie Xu, Walter Campbell, and Sarah Trocchio. The Attraction of Crime to Drug Markets. [In progress] Trocchio, Sarah* and Elizabeth Griffiths. Rejecting by Race: How Institutional Mortgage Lending Shapes Contemporary Patterns of Residential Segregation in America. [In progress] Griffiths, Elizabeth, Rosemary Gartner, and Carolyn Yule. Issues of Contention in Intimate Partner Violence: Symmetry and Status. [In progress] Webster, Elizabeth* and Elizabeth Griffiths. On Shaky Ground: Explaining the Emergence of Conviction Integrity Units. [In progress]

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Public Intellectual Works

Scheuerman, Heather and Elizabeth Griffiths. February, 11, 2016. Analyzing an Anomaly:

Steven Avery and American Miscarriages of Justice. Uprooting Criminology: A Reasoned Plot Blog. http://uprootingcriminology.org/blogs/analyzing-an-anomaly-steven-avery-and-americanmiscarriages-of-justice/ Griffiths, Elizabeth. March 2010. Engaged Scholarship and Service Learning Initiatives at Metro-Atlanta Universities. American Sociological Association newsletter, Footnotes.

Research Grants July 2015. Griffiths, Elizabeth (PI) and Lori Scott-Pickens (Co-PI): Launching a Criminal Justice and Community Building (CJCB) Program. Chancellor’s Seed Grants for New Initiatives Proposal. Funded: $75,000.

July 2013: Rosemary Gartner (PI) and Elizabeth Griffiths (Co-PI): Neighborhood Change and Urban Violence. SSHRC Neighborhood Change Research Partnership. Funded: $20,500.

July 2013: Elizabeth Griffiths (PI): REU Supplement, National Science Foundation (NSF) Law and Social Sciences Program. Funded: $10,080.

April 2013 – March 2016: Elizabeth Griffiths (PI), Kay Levine (Co-PI), Volkan Topalli (Co-PI), and Joshua Hinkle (Co-PI): Race, Place & Discretion in the Prosecution of Drug-Free Zone Charges. National Science Foundation (NSF) Law and Social Sciences Program, plus $10,080 REU supplemental funding. Funded: $367,749.

2013-2018: Michael Rich (PI) and collaborators: Atlanta Moving to Work Panel Study. Atlanta Housing Authority. Wave 1 funding: $530,000, estimated total budget for Waves 1-3: $1.6 M.

January 2011 – August 2011: Elizabeth Griffiths (PI) and Kay Levine (Co-PI): Drug Selling, Criminal Sanctions, and Race in Urban and Suburban Context: Felony Drug Arrests, Drug Free School Zone (DFSZ), and Drug Free Residential Zone (DFRZ) Offenses in Fulton County, Georgia. Race and Difference Initiative and the Office of Community and Diversity at Emory University. Funded: $5,000.

September 2009 – August 2010: In collaboration with the Urban Institute, Michael Rich (PI), Michael Leo Owens (Co-PI), Elizabeth Griffiths (Co-PI), and Lance Waller (Co-PI): Assessing the Impact of Public Housing Transformation on Crime Patterns in Atlanta. The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Funded: $90,000.

February 2006 – December 2009: Michael Rich (PI), Michael Leo Owens (Co-PI), and Elizabeth Griffiths (Co-PI). Evaluation of the McDaniel-Glenn HOPE VI Revitalization. Department of Housing and Urban Development, February 2006. Funded: $400,000.

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July 2005: Dr. Michael Cusimano (PI; Neurosurgery, St. Michael’s Hospital) and team of collaborators. Brain Injury and Violence: Understanding and Addressing Disparities in the Vulnerable. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Funded: $5,000.

April 2005 – December 2005: Elizabeth Griffiths (Co-PI) and Carolyn Yule (Co-PI). Family Structure, Routine Activities, and Women’s Experiences of Non-Partner Violence: The Role of Female-Headed Households in Community Context. National Consortium on Violence Research.

Access granted to the U of T Statistics Canada Research Data Centre, April 2005. Funded:


July 2004 – September 2004: Elizabeth Griffiths. Dissertation Research Funding. John Beattie Research Fund (Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto). Funded: $1,260.

October 2003 – September 2004: Elizabeth Griffiths (Co-PI) and Jorge Chavez (Co-PI). Merging Spatial and Temporal Methodologies in Community-Level Violence Research. National Consortium on Violence Research (supported by NSF no. SES-0215551). Funded: $7,915.

Current Research Projects Race, Place & Discretion in the Prosecution of Drug-Free Zone Charges (with Kay Levine, Volkan Topalli, and Joshua Hinkle).

Relationship Symmetry and Lethal Violence (with Rosemary Gartner and Carolyn Yule).

Public Housing Transformation and Crime in Atlanta (with Michael Rich, Michael Leo Owens, and Lance Waller).

The Political Economy of Latino Neighborhoods (with Sarah Trocchio*).

The Diffusion of Conviction Integrity Units (with Elizabeth Webster*).

Longitudinal Patterns in City Gang Problems (with James C. Howell and George Tita).

Conference Presentations *Asterisk indicates that co-author is a current or former student 2015 Griffiths, Elizabeth, Walter Campbell,* Sarah Trocchio,* and Jie Xu. “In the Market for Violence: Exploring the Relationship between the Illicit Drug Markets and Local Levels of Violence.” Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology meetings, Washington, November.

2014 Griffiths, Elizabeth, Yasemin Irvin-Erickson,* Sarah Trocchio* and Walter Campbell.* “Selling Drugs in the City and the Suburbs: An Exploratory Analysis of the Geography of

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Arrests.” Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology meetings, San Francisco, November.

2014 Trocchio, Sarah* and Elizabeth Griffiths. “A Good Deal? Assessing the Benefits and Burdens of Plea Bargains to Defendants Charged with Drug Selling Activities.” Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology meetings, San Francisco, November.

2014 Campbell, Walter* and Elizabeth Griffiths. “Selling through the Seasons: An Assessment of the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Drug-Free Zone Arrests.” Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology meetings, San Francisco, November.

2013 Nir, Esther* and Elizabeth Griffiths. “Producing Convictions: Exploring the Social Dimensions of Evidence Attraction in Violent Criminal Cases.” Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology meetings, Atlanta, November.

2013 Trocchio, Sarah* and Elizabeth Griffiths. “The Political Economy of Latino Neighborhoods: How the Influence of Conventional Residential Lending on Violent Crime relates to Ethnicity and Immigrant Concentration.” Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology meetings, Atlanta, November.

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