Bruce Jacobs

Professor of Criminology
Tags: Criminology & Criminal Justice

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Criminology
University of Southern California - 1994
M.A. - Sociology
University of Toledo - 1991
B.A. - History
Duke University - 1989

Publications

Jacobs, Bruce A. In press. The manipulation of fear in carjacking. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography forthcoming - Publication
Jacobs, Bruce A. and Alex R. Piquero  In press.  “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
Jacobs, Bruce A., and Michael Cherbonneau.  In press.  “Auto theft and restrictive deterrence.”  Justice Quarterly. In Press - Publication
Barnes, J.C., and Bruce A. Jacobs. 2013. Genetic risk for violent behavior and environmental exposure to disadvantage and violent crime: The case for gene-environment interaction. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 28: 92-120. 2013 - Publication
Jacobs, Bruce A. 2012. Carjacking and copresence. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 49:471-488. 2012 - Publication
Jacobs, Bruce A. and Richard Wright.  2010.  “Bounded rationality, retaliation, and the spread of urban violence.”  Journal of Interpersonal Violence 25:1739-1766. 2011 - Publication
Jacobs, Bruce A.  2010.  “Serendipity in robbery target selection.”  British Journal of Criminology50: 514-529. 2010 - Publication
Jacobs, Bruce A.  2010.  “Deterrence and deterrability.”  Criminology 48:417-441. 2010 - Publication
Jacobs, Bruce A. and Richard Wright.  2008.  “Moralistic street robbery.”  Crime & Delinquency 54:511-531.  2008 - Publication
Jacobs, Bruce A. and Richard Wright. 2006. Street justice: Retaliation in the criminal underworld. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2006 - Publication

Appointments


The University of Texas at Dallas [2003–Present]

University of Missouri-St.Louis [1994–2003]

Projects

Contingent ties: Undercover drug officers' use of informants.
1995–1995 Jacobs, Bruce A. 1995. Presented at the American Society of Criminology's Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.
Managing retaliation: Drug robbery and informal sanction threats.
1999–1999 Jacobs, Bruce A., Volkan Topalli, and Richard Wright 1999. Presented at the American Society of Criminology's Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada.
Foreseeability and duty of care in premises liability.
2005–2005 Jacobs Bruce A. 2005. Presented at the Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, CLE Clinic, October 6.
Researching active crack dealers.
1997–1997 Jacobs, Bruce A. 1997. Presented at the American Society of Criminology's Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.
Armed robbery and street culture.
1998–1998 Jacobs, Bruce A. and Richard Wright 1998. Presented at the American Society of Criminology's Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Additional Information

Professional Service
  • Chair, Tenure and Promotion Committee Criteria Development, 2012-
  • Chair, University Safety and Security Council, 2011-
  • Member, School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences Personnel Review Committee, 2010-
  • Member, University Safety and Security Council, 2010-
  • Member, University Committee on Educational Policy, 2009-
  • Member, University Committee on Academic Integrity, 2009-
  • Chair, Tenure and Promotion Committee of Karen Hayslett-McCall
  • Member, Tenure and Promotion Committee of Denise Boots
  • Member, Analytic Writing Requirement Committee of Richard Friedmann
  • Director of the Doctoral and Master's Degree Program Committee in Criminology, University of Texas at Dallas, 2007-
  • Member, Graduate Committee, Program in Criminology, 2006-
  • Chair, University Library Committee, 2005-6
  • External Chair, dissertation committee, 2005
  • Member, Library and Other Learning Resources Committee, relevant to accreditation of UTD by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • 3rd Year Review Committee Member, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Member, dissertation committee, 2005, 2006
  • Program Review Committee, Crime and Justice Studies, 2005, 2006
  • School of Social Sciences Self-study Committee, University of Texas-Dallas, 2004
  • Faculty Search Committee, nine separate searches, Crime and Justice Studies, University of Texas-Dallas, 2004-current
  • Manuscript Reviewer for Criminology, justice Quarterly, The Sociological Quarterly, journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Deviant Behavior, Urban Affairs Review, International Journal of Police Management, Sage Publications, Roxbury Publishing Co.
  • Division chair on robbery for annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, 2000, San Francisco
  • Director of Graduate Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Jan. 2002-June 2003
  • Member, dissertation committee, 2006
  • Committee Chair, Ad Hoc 3"' Year Review Committee, 2005
  • Executive Committee member, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2000-present
  • Graduate Committee member, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 1998-2000
  • Qualifying Examinations Committee member, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 1998-2000
  • Member, University Library Committee, University of Texas-Dallas, 2005-6
  • Departmental library liaison, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1998-present
  • Member, Student Affairs Committee, American Society of Criminology, 1997
  • Representative, Faculty Council, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1996-7, 1998-present

News Articles

Two UTD Professors to Study How Juvenile Justice Responds to Girls Who Are Arrested
RICHARDSON, Texas (Jan. 27, 2004) — Dr. Kimberly Kempf-Leonard and Dr. Bruce Jacobs, two professors of criminology, sociology and political economy in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), have been awarded $72,000 by the state Criminal Justice Division to study how the juvenile justice system in Texas responds to the growing number of girls arrested.   The funds are part of a larger federal challenge grant program from the U. S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. 

A goal of the research project will be to help ensure that female juvenile offenders (up to age 16) in the Dallas County Juvenile Justice System are treated equitably and effectively.   Specifically, the UTD research will try to determine whether, how, and at which stages there may be differential processing based on gender and to assess current difficulties in the delivery of services for girls and ways in which modifications can make the system better.

Funding

Female-specific services: Obstacles and opportunities.
$71,807 - the Criminal justice Division [2004–2005]
Criminal retaliation: A qualitative study of social control beyond the law.
$29,478 - Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation [2003–2003]
The carjacker's perspective: A qualitative study of urban violence.
$31,250 - Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation [2000–2000]
Drug robbery and urban violence.
$90,477 - National Consortium on Violence Research [1998–1999]
Street-level heroin sales in St. Louis.
$10,315 - University of Missouri- St. Louis Summer Research Award [1998–1998]