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Dr. William R Smith

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Associate Professor & Head


  • Social Ecology of Crime
  • Individual Prediction in Criminology and Sociology
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Learning Disabilities
  • Etiology of Delinquency
  • Fear of Crime


  • Baran, P. K., W.R. Smith, H.D. Turkhoglu, R. W. Marans and F. Bolen.  2009.  "Walking Behavior in Istanbul: Individual Attributes, Neighborhood Context and Perceived Safety."  A|Z.  Special Issue:  Dossier -- Quality of Urban Life 6:1 (Spring) pp. 21-40.
  • Bocarro, J. N., Floyd, M. F., Moore, R., Baran, P., Danninger,T., Smith, W. & Cosco, N. 2009. “Adaptation of the System For Observing Physical Activity and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC) to Assess Age Groupings of Children.” Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6:6, 699-707.
  • Warren, Patricia, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, William R. Smith, Matthew Zingraff and Marcie Mason. 2006. “‘Driving While Black’: Bias Processes and Racial Disparity in Police Stops” Criminology 44:709-738.2003.
  • Davison, Elizabeth and William R. Smith. 2003. “Exploring Accessibility Versus Opportunity Crime Factors.” Sociation Today, Vol. 1, No. 1. 1-10.
  • Rice, Kennon and William R. Smith. 2002. “Testing Routine Activity and Social Disorganization Theory: Socio-Ecological Models of Automobile Theft. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. 29(3):Vol. 39(3):304-336.
  • Davison, Elizabeth and William R. Smith. 2001. "An Introduction to GIS for the Use of Analyzing Crime Patterns: A Case Study." Journal of Crime and Justice 24:85-108.
  • Smith, William R. , Marie Torstensson, and Kerstin Johansson. 2001 "Perceived Risk and Fear of Crime: Gender Differences in Contextual Sensitivity." International Review of Victimology. 8: 139-161.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University
  • M.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University
  • B.A. in Sociology from St. Norbert College