Alex Piquero

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology
apiquero@utdallas.edu
972-883-2482
GR 3.104F
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Tags: Criminology & Criminal Justice Social Data Analytics and Research

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland - 1996
M.A. - Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland - 1994
B.A. - Criminology with honors
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland - 1992

Research Areas

Bio
Alex R. Piquero is Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, Faculty Associate with the Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives at the University of Texas at Dallas, Honors Affiliate in the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College at the University of Texas at Dallas, Adjunct Professor in the Griffith Criminology Institute Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia), Life Course Centre Fellow, University of Queensland, Fellow of the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute, Faculty Affiliate, Center for Violence and Injury Prevention George Warren Brown School of Social Work Washington University in St. Louis, and was Co-Editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology from 2008 to 2013 and currently serves as Editor of Justice Evaluation Journal

Prior to arriving at UT-Dallas, he was on the faculties of Florida State University, University of Maryland, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/City University of New York, University of Florida, Northeastern University, and Temple University. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of criminal careers, crime prevention, criminological theory, and quantitative research methods, and has collaborated on several books including Key Issues in Criminal Careers Research: New Analyses from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development (Cambridge University Press, co-authored with David P. Farrington and Alfred Blumstein) and Handbook of Quantitative Criminology (Springer, co-edited by David Weisburd). His work has been cited over 34,000 times (h-index=102) and he has been ranked as the #1 criminologist in the world since 1996 in terms of scholarly publications in elite criminology/criminal justice journals.  

In addition to his membership on over a dozen editorial boards of journals in criminology and sociology, he has also served as Executive Counselor with the American Society of Criminology, Member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel Evaluating the National Institute of Justice, Member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on A Prioritized Plan to Implement a Developmental Approach in Juvenile Justice Reform, Member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Modernizing the Nation’s Crime Statistics, Member of the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network at Ohio State University, and Member of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Adolescent Development & Juvenile Justice.  

Professor Piquero has given congressional testimony on evidence-based crime prevention practices in the area of early-family/parent training programs, and has provided counsel and support to several local, state, national, and international criminal justice agencies, including various police and correctional agencies. In 2015, United States Attorney General Eric Holder appointed him to the Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board.  

Professor Piquero is past recipient of the American Society of Criminology's Young Scholar (2002) and E-Mail Mentor of the Year (2005) Awards, Fellow of both the American Society of Criminology (2011) and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (2011), recipient of the Western Society of Criminology President’s Award (2017), recipient of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Bruce Smith, Sr. Award (2019), and has also received numerous teaching awards including the University of Florida's College of Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year Award (2004), the University of Maryland's Top Terp Teaching Award (2008), the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (2014), as well as the University of Texas at Dallas Diversity Award.  

In 2018, he was named to The University of Texas System’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Professor Piquero has served on a large number of departmental, school, college, and University committees, including most recently Co-Chair of the UT-Dallas Committee on Qualifications (i.e., University tenure and promotion committee). In August 2015, he was selected by UT-Dallas President Wildenthal to serve on the UT System Working Group for Concealed Carry and organized the UT-Dallas implementation of the new Campus Carry Bill.  

His research has been featured in several national and international television and newspapers including: The New York Times, Reuters, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard Magazine, and the Dallas Morning News, and he is a part of the contributor’s network for The Huffington News and the Dallas Morning News. In February 2016, NBC News Latino profiled him via an exclusive interview with Washington Post syndicated columnist Esther J. Cepeda (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/what-i-ve-learned-our-talk-top-ranked-criminologist-alex-n522046).

Publications

David Pyrooz*, Gary Sweeten, and Alex R. Piquero. “Continuity and Change in Gang  Membership and Gang Embeddedness.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. In Press - Publication
Bruce Jacobs and Alex R. Piquero. “Boundary-Crossing in Perceptual Deterrence: Investigating the Linkages between Sanction Severity, Sanction Certainty, and Offending.” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. In Press - Publication
Shayne Jones, Donald Lynam, and Alex R. Piquero. “Substance Use, Personality, and Inhibitors:  Testing Hirschi’s Predictions about the Reconceptualization of Self-Control.” Crime &  Delinquency. In Press - Publication
Jennifer Reingle, Wesley Jennings, and Alex R. Piquero. “Is Violence Bad for Your Health? An  Assessment of Chronic Disease Outcomes in a Nationally Representative Sample.” Justice  Quarterly. In Press - Publication
Thomas Loughran, Ray Paternoster, Alex R. Piquero, and Jeffrey Fagan. “A Good Man Always  Knows His Limitations”: The Role of Overconfidence in Criminal Offending.” Journal of  Research in Crime and Delinquency In Press - Publication
Ryan C. Meldrum, Alex R. Piquero, and Jim Clark. Does Low Self-Control Predict Fictitious Drug Use and Untruthfulness. Deviant Behavior 34:242-254. 2013 - Publication
Alex R. Piquero, Nadine M. Connell, Nicole Leeper Piquero, David P. Farrington, and Wesley G. Jennings. Does Adolescent Bullying Distinguish between Male Offending Trajectories in Late Middle Age? Journal of Youth and Adolescence 42:444-453. 2013 - Publication
Delphine Theobald, David P. Farrington, and Alex R. Piquero. Childhood Broken Homes and Adult Violence: An Analysis of Moderators and Mediators. Journal of Criminal Justice 41:44-52 2013 - Publication
Alex R. Piquero, Wesley Jennings, and David P. Farrington. “The Monetary Costs of Crime To  Middle Adulthood: Findings from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development.” Journal of  Research in Crime and Delinquency. 2013 - Publication
Kyle Thomas*, Thomas Loughran, and Alex R. Piquero. “Do Individual Characteristics Explain    Variation in Sanction Risk Updating Among Serious Juvenile Offenders?: Advancing the Logic of  Differential Deterrence." Law and Human Behavior. 2013 - Publication

Appointments

Advisory Board
George Warren Brown School of Social Work Washington University [2012–Present]
Faculty Affiliate
George Warren Brown School of Social Work Washington University [2012–Present]
Ashbel Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2011–Present]
Gordon P. Waldo Professor
Florida State University [2010–2011]
Adjunct Professor
Griffith University [2010–Present]
Professor
Florida State University [2010–2011]
Professor
University of Maryland College Park [2008–2009]
Presidential Scholar and Professor
John Jay College of Criminal Justice and City University of New York Graduate Center [2007–2008]
Maagid Term Professor
University of Florida [2005–2007]
Professor
University of Florida [2003–2007]

Additional Information

Special Awards Received for Teaching and Research Excellence
University of Texas at Dallas
  • 2012-Present
    • Member, UT-Dallas Hispanic Success Committee
    • Member, UT-Dallas, Diversity Retention Scholarship Committee
    • Member, UT-Dallas Faculty Advisory Committee, EPPS
    • Chair, UT-Dallas Council on Faculty Diversity
  • 2011-Present
    • Member, UT-Dallas Athletic Council
    • Member, UT-Dallas Provost Diversity Committee
    • Member, UT-Dallas Committee on Effective Teaching, EPPS
Florida State University
  • 2010-2011
    • Member, FSU Council on Research and Creativity
    • Member, FSU College of Criminology & Criminal Justice Strategic Plan Committee
    • Member, FSU College of Criminology & Criminal Justice Ph.D. Methods/Statistics Exam Committee
    • Member, FSU College of Criminology & Criminal Justice Promotion & Tenure Committee
    • Member, FSU Athletics Board.
University of Maryland College Park 
  • 2008-Present
    • Member, Maryland Population Research Center Executive Committee
    • Chair, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice Human Affairs Committee
    • Member, Computing Policy and Advisory Committee (CPAC) College of Behavior and Social Sciences
    • Member, University of Maryland NCAA Recertification Subcommittee on Academic Integrity (March 2009-Present)
    • Member, University of Maryland Athletics Council (Fall 2009-Present, 3 year term)
    • Member, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences Dean’s Search Committee (May-June 2009)
John Jay College of Criminal Justice / City University of New York
  • 2007-2008
  • Member, College Research Advisory Committee
  • Member, Doctoral Admissions Committee

University of Florida

  • 2005-2007
    • Member, Intercollegiate Athletics Committee
  • 2003-2004
    • Chair, Search Committee for Assistant Professor (Psychology/Law), Center for Studies in Criminology and Law
  • 2003-2007
    • Director, Institute for Crime, Law, and Justice Policy Research
  • 2002-2003
    • Member, Search Committee for Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • 2002-2007
    • Member, Provost’s Committee on Diversity
  • 2001-2003
    • Chair, Graduate Committee, Center for Studies in Criminology and Law
  • 2001-2002
    • Member, Search Committee for Director, Center for Studies in Criminology and Law
Northeastern University
  • 2000-2001
    • College of Criminal Justice  Graduate Committee, Ph.D. Committee, Search Committee (Chair)
    • University Minority Faculty Recruitment Committee, President’s Latino/a Advisory Group on Diversity
Temple University
  • 1999-2000
    • Center for Public Policy, Advisory Committee
    • Department of Criminal Justice, Webmaster
  • 1998-1999
    • Department of Criminal Justice, Webmaster
  • 1997-1998
    • Department of Criminal Justice, Library Committee
    • Graduate Subcommittee on Graduate Statistics Courses, Search Committee
  • 1996-1997
    • Department of Criminal Justice, Undergraduate Committee, Research Committee, Search Committee
Professional Memberships
  • American Sociological Association
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Law and Society Association
  • American Society of Criminology
Special Awards Received for Teaching and Research Excellence
2011
  • Fellow, American Society of Criminology
  • Fellow, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
2008
  • Recipient, Lowe’s Top Terp Award “Excellence in Education”, University of Maryland
2005
  • Recipient, Email-Mentor of the Year, American Society of Criminology
  • Magid Term Professor, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS), University of Florida.
2004
  • Recipient, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) Teacher of the Year Award, University of Florida.
2002
  • Recipient of Cavan Young Scholar Award, American Society of Criminology
1995
  • Received Outstanding Teacher Award from the Panhellenic Association. University of Maryland.
  • Received Returning Students Program Award for Outstanding Teaching. University of Maryland.
1994
  • Received Outstanding Teacher Award from the Panhellenic Association. University of Maryland.

News Articles

U.S. Attorney General Invites Professor to Give Testimony
UT Dallas criminologist Dr. Alex Piquero will offer testimony on the cost and benefits of crime prevention during an April 24 hearing led by the U.S. Attorney General’s Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. Piquero, an Ashbel Smith Professor of criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, received an invitation to speak at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., where task force members ranging from practitioners to family advocates will hear from experts about the problems associated with children’s exposure to violence in the United States, both as victims and as witnesses. Piquero said he is honored to speak at the forum, which will be the task force’s final hearing.
Criminology Study Links NFL Players' Misbehavior On, Off the Field
New research conducted at UT Dallas found NFL players who drew the most penalties also had more criminal arrests than their teammates.

“We found that there’s a relationship between misbehavior on the field and misbehavior off the field,” said Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and associate dean for graduate programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. “That’s something we see in other professions as well. It doesn’t mean one causes the other, but it shows that problem behavior in one sphere is not limited to that sphere.”
Study Tackles the Divide over NFL Players' National Anthem Protests
Support for NFL players’ protests during the national anthem divided sharply along racial lines in a new survey of college students by UT Dallas researchers.
Nearly all — 90 percent — of black respondents supported kneeling during the national anthem. Only 38 percent of non-black respondents did.
In addition, 100 percent of black respondents believed that the NFL should not punish players who protest during the national anthem. Only 25 percent of non-black respondents believed that as well.
Professor Alex Piquero Ranked No. 2 Most-Cited Criminologist
A recently published book named Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology at UT Dallas, one of the most-cited scholars in his field.
“Most-Cited Scholars in Criminology and Criminal Justice 1986-2010”
documents scholars' work in major criminology and criminal justice journals, and their most-cited works, during the 25-year period. It builds upon previous research, adding citations from 2006 to 2010 by examining citation data in indexes, online scientific archives and reference lists.
"Alex is a gifted and prolific scholar," said Dr. John Worrall, head of the criminology program. “His citation count testifies to the importance of his work, not just its volume."
Criminologist Joins U.S. Office of Justice Programs' Advisory Board
Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith professor of criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS), has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Science Advisory Board.
He was selected as one of 19 new appointees to the 25-member board of research scholars, practitioners and policymakers.

“The Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board advises the OJP leadership in the areas of social science and statistics for the purpose of enhancing the overall impact and performance of OJP programs and research,” said Karol V. Mason, assistant attorney general who heads the OJP.