Lynne Vieraitis

Lynne Vieraitis

Professor of Criminology
GR 2.120
Tags: Criminology & Criminal Justice

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Criminology
Florida State University - 1999
M.S. - Criminology
Florida State University - 1995
B.A. - Psychology
University of Texas at Austin - 1991

Research Areas

Research Interests
  •  Identity Theft
  •  Gender Inequality and Violence
  •  Criminal Justice Policy
  • Corrections


Copes, Heith and Lynne M. Vieraitis. Identity Thieves: Motives and Methods. Northeastern University Press. 2012 - Publication
Vieraitis, Lynne M., Sarah Britto, and Robert G. Morris. Assessing the Impact of Changes in Gender Equality on Female Homicide Victimization: 1980-2000. Crime & Delinquency, 0011128711420100, first published on November 8, 2011. 2011 - Publication
Vieraitis, Lynne M., Kovandzic, Tomislav V. & Marvell, Thomas B. 2007. The Criminogenic Effects of Imprisonment: Evidence from State Panel Data, 1974-2002. Criminology & Public Policy 6:589-622. 2007 - Publication
Kovandzic, Tomislav V., Thomas B. Marvell, Vieraitis, Lynne M. & Carlisle E. Moody. 2004. When Prisoners Get Out: The Impact of Prison Releases on Homicide Rates, 1975-1999. Criminal Justice Policy Review 15(2):212-228. 2004 - Publication
Kovandzic, Tomislav V., Sloan, John J. III, & Vieraitis, Lynne M. 2003. Unintended Consequences of Politically Popular Sentencing Policy: The Homicide Promoting Effects of Three Strikes in US Cities (1980-1999). Criminology & Public Policy 1(3):399-424. 2003 - Publication
Vieraitis, Lynne M. & Williams, Marian R. 2002. Assessing the Impact of Gender Inequality on Female Homicide Victimization Across US Cities: A Racially Disaggregated Analysis. Violence Against Women 8(1): 35-63. 2002 - Publication


University of Texas at Dallas [2017–Present]

News Articles

Criminology Study Explores Youths' Motivations for Painting Graffiti
Criminology Study Explores Youths' Motivations for Painting Graffiti Youths who paint graffiti on businesses and public property, also called street taggers, say they don’t view their actions as criminal because they are not injuring anyone and the graffiti can be easily erased, according to a new UT Dallas study.

Two criminologists from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences interviewed 25 Dallas taggers to explore why they paint graffiti and how they rationalize the crime. The researchers’ goal is to help policymakers design better solutions to address tagging.
Study Explores How Women Handle Stigma of Staying with Imprisoned Men
Study Explores How Women Handle Stigma of Staying with Imprisoned Men