Research Highlights

Recent Publication

Hickert, A. O., Bushway, S. B., Nieuwbeerta, P., & Dirkzwager, A. (2021). Confinement as a two-stage turning point: Do changes in identity or social structure predict subsequent changes in criminal activity? Criminology, 59(1), 73-108. Online first November 2020. Permanent link:

Dissertation Research Featured in UAlbany Global Synergies magazine (Volume 8, Spring 2019)

2018 Lumbard Award

I was honored to be the 2018 recipient of the Eliot H. Lumbard Award for Academic Excellence. This award is named for Eliot Lumbard, a pioneer in criminal justice education who was instrumental in the founding of the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany. The Lumbard Award is given annually to the graduate student who has attained the highest distinction in academic excellence. The faculty also consider scholarly and service contributions in making their selection.


38th Annual APPAM Fall Research Conference, 2016
Second-Place Poster

My poster presentation of research on prisoner-visitor social networks was the second-place winner at the Saturday, November 5th session of the 2016 APPAM Fall Research Conference. Descriptive analyses of prisoner-visitor social networks using latent class analysis (LCA) demonstrated that many prisoner-visitor social networks were family-member dominated, relatively large and diverse, and included few homophilous visitors (those of similar age/gender). After including multiple controls, there was no correlation between prisoner-visitor network types and odds of recidivism.