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Kelly M. Socia


Kelly Socia
Dr. Kelly M. SociaAssociate Professor

Research Interests

Reentry, Neighborhoods, Geographic Information Systems, Sex Offenders, Public Policies, Public Opinion.

Examining the reentry of sex offenders; Examining the influence of neighborhood conditions on crime rates and individuals; Examining how public policies relating to crime control are proposed, passed, and implemented; Examining how space and place influence crime and public policies.

Education

  • Ph D: Criminal Justice, (2011), University at Albany, SUNY - Albany, NY
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Residence Restriction Legislation, Sex Crime Rates, and the Spatial Distribution of Sex Offender Residences
  • MA: Criminal Justice, (2008), University of Albany, SUNY - Albany, New York, United States
  • BS: Business Administration: Management Information Systems, (2005), Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, New York, United States
    Supporting Area: Criminology

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service (2006), Service, Professional - Office of the Secretary of Defense

Selected Publications

  • Stone, R., Socia, K. (2019). Boy with toy or black male with gun: an analysis of online news articles covering the shooting of Tamir Rice. Race and Justice, 9(3) 330--358.
  • Brown, E.K., Socia, K., Silver, J.R. (2019). Conflicted conservatives, punitive views, and anti-Black racial bias 1974--2014. Punishment \& Society, 21(1) 3--27.
  • Thompson, L., Rydberg, J., Cassidy, M., Socia, K. (2019). Contextual influences on the sentencing of individuals convicted of sexual crimes. Sexual Abuse, 1079063219852936.
  • Socia, K., Grady, M.D., Bolder, T., Cronin, K., Hurt, C., Vidrine, S. (2019). How Background Relates to Perceptions of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Policies Related to Individuals Convicted of Sex Crimes. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 0887403419873126.
  • Powers, R\'achael A, ., Socia, K. (2019). Racial animosity, adversary effect, and hate crime: Parsing out injuries in intraracial, interracial, and race-based offenses. Crime \& delinquency, 65(4) 447--473.
  • Socia, K., Dum, C.P., Rydberg, J. (2019). Turning a blind eye: public support of emergency housing policies for sex offenders. Sexual Abuse, 31(1) 25--49.
  • Dum, C.P., Socia, K., Long, B.L., Yarrison, F. (2019). Would god forgive? Public attitudes toward sex offenders in places of worship. Sexual Abuse, 1079063219839498.
  • Rydberg, J., Dum, C.P., Socia, K. (2018). Nobody gives a\#\% \&!: a factorial survey examining the effect of criminological evidence on opposition to sex offender residence restrictions. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 14(4) 541--550.
  • Rydberg, J., Cassidy, M., Socia, K. (2018). Punishing the wicked: examining the correlates of sentence severity for convicted sex offenders. Journal of quantitative criminology, 34(4) 943--970.
  • Powers, R\'achael A, ., Khachatryan, N., Socia, K. (2018). Reporting victimisation to the police: the role of racial dyad and bias motivation. Policing and Society, 1--17.
  • Dum, C.P., Socia, K., Rydberg, J. (2017). Public support for emergency shelter housing interventions concerning stigmatized populations: Results from a factorial survey. Criminology \& Public Policy, 16(3) 835--877.
  • Walfield, S.M., Socia, K., Powers, R\'achael A, . (2017). Religious motivated hate crimes: Reporting to law enforcement and case outcomes. American journal of criminal justice, 42(1) 148--169.
  • Socia, K. (2017). Sex offender civil commitment policies in context. Criminology \& Public Policy, 16(3) 909--911.
  • Morabito, M.S., Socia, K., Wik, A., Fisher, W.H. (2017). The nature and extent of police use of force in encounters with people with behavioral health disorders. International journal of law and psychiatry, 50 31--37.
  • Brown, E.K., Socia, K. (2017). Twenty-first century punitiveness: Social sources of punitive American views reconsidered. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 33(4) 935--959.
  • Socia, K., Brown, E.K. (2017). Up in smoke: the passage of medical marijuana legislation and enactment of dispensary moratoriums in Massachusetts. Crime \& Delinquency, 63(5) 569--591.
  • Walfield, S.M., Socia, K., Powers, R.A. (2016). Religious Motivated Hate Crimes: Reporting to Law Enforcement and Case Outcomes. American Journal of Criminal Justice.
  • Socia, K., Rydberg, J. (2016). Sex Offender Legislation and Policy. Routledge
  • Briones-Robinson, R., Powers, R\`achael A, ., Socia, K. (2016). Sexual orientation bias crimes: Examination of reporting, perception of police bias, and differential police response. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43(12) 1688--1709.
  • Morabito, M.S., Socia, K., Fisher, W.H., Wik, A. (2016). The Nature and Extent of Police use of Force in Encounters with People with Behavioral Health Disorders. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.
  • Brown, E.K., Socia, K. (2016). Twenty-First Century Punitiveness: Social Sources of Punitive American Views Reconsidered. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
  • Socia, K., Levenson, J., Ackerman, A., Harris, A. (2016). ‘Brothers Under the Bridge’: Factors Influencing the Transience of Registered Sex Offenders in Florida. Sexual Abuse: A journal of research and treatment, 27(6) 559--586.
  • Socia, K., Brown, E.K. (2016). "This Isn’t About Casey Anthony Anymore": Political Rhetoric and Caylee’s Law. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 27(4) 348.
  • Levenson, J.S., Socia, K. (2016). Adverse Childhood Experiences and Arrest Patterns in a Sample of Sexual Offenders. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(10) 1883.
  • Socia, K. (2016). Examining the Concentration of Registered Sex Offenders in Upstate New York Census Tracts. Crime and Delinquency, 62(6) 748.
  • Levenson, J.S., Socia, K. (2015). Adverse Childhood Experiences and Arrest Patterns in a Sample of Sexual Offenders. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • Pattavina, A.F., Socia, K., Zuber, M.J. (2015). Economic stress and domestic violence: examining the impact of mortgage foreclosures on incidents reported to the police. Justice research and policy, 16(2) 147--164.
  • Socia, K. (2015). State Residence Restrictions and Forcible Rape Rates: A Multistate Quasi-Experimental Analysis of UCR Data. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research & Treatment, 27(2) 205-227.
  • Socia, K. (2015). Brothers Under the Bridge’: Factors Influencing the Transience of Registered Sex Offenders in Florida . Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment , 27(6) 559-86.
  • Morabito, M.S., Socia, K. (2015). Is Dangerousness a Myth? Injuries and Police Encounters with People with Mental Illnesses. Criminology & Public Policy, 14(2) 253.
  • Socia, K., Brown, E.K. (2014). Up in Smoke The Passage of Medical Marijuana Legislation and Enactment of Dispensary Moratoriums in Massachusetts. Crime & Delinquency, 0011128714557024.
  • Socia, K., Brown, E.K. (2014). “This Isn’t About Casey Anthony Anymore” Political Rhetoric and Caylee’s Law. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 0887403414551000.
  • Socia, K. (2014). Examining the Concentration of Registered Sex Offenders in Upstate New York Census Tracts. Crime & Delinquency.
  • Socia, K. (2014). Residence Restrictions Are Ineffective, Inefficient, and Inadequate: So Now What? Criminology & Public Policy, 13(1) 179-188.
  • Socia, K. (2013). Too close for comfort? Registered sex offender spatial clustering and recidivistic sex crime arrest rates. Sexual Abuse: Journal of Research and Treatment, 25(6) 531-556.
  • Socia, K. (2013). Residence Restrictions and the Association with Registered Sex Offender Clustering. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 24(4) 441-475.
  • Socia, K. (2013). Panelist: Building Promising Scholars of the Future: NIJ's Graduate Research Fellowship program. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting
  • Socia, K. (2013). State Residence Restrictions and Forcible Rape Rates: A Multi-State Quasi-Experimental Analysis of UCR Data. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting
  • Socia, K., Stamatel, J.P. (2012). Neighborhood Characteristics and the Social Control of Registered Sex Offenders. Crime & Delinquency, 58(4) 565-587.
  • Socia, K. (2012). Residence Restrictions and the Association With Registered Sex Offender Clustering. Criminal Justice Policy Review.
  • Socia, K. (2012). The Efficacy of County-Level Sex Offender Residence Restrictions in New York. Crime & Delinquency, 58(4) 612-642.
  • Socia, K. (2012). The implementation of county residence restrictions in New York. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 18(2) 206--230.
  • Socia, K. (2012). Failure to Register as a Predictor of Sex Offense Recidivism: The Big Bad Wolf or a Red Herring? Criminal Justice Research Review, 14(2) 38.
  • Socia, K. (2011). Residence restriction legislation, sex crime rates, and the spatial distribution of sex offender residences (Doctoral dissertation).
  • Socia, K. (2011). The Policy Implications of Residence Restrictions on Sex Offender Housing in Upstate NY. Criminology & Public Policy, 10(2) 351-389.
  • Socia, K. (2011). Overview of ’the Policy Implications of Residence Restrictions on Sex Offender Housing in Upstate NY'. Criminology & Public Policy, 10(2) 349-350.
  • Socia, K., Stamatel, J.P. (2010). Assumptions and Evidence Behind Sex Offender Laws: Registration, Community Notification, and Residence Restrictions. Sociology Compass, 4(1) 1-20.
  • Freeman, N.J., Sandler, J.C., Socia, K. (2009). Time-Series Analysis on the Impact of Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Laws on Plea Bargaining Rates. Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society, 22(2) 153-165.
  • Sandler, J.C., Freeman, N.J., Socia, K. (2008). Does a Watched Pot Boil? A Time-Series Analysis of New York State's Sex Offender Registration and Notification Law. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 14(4).
  • Newman, G.R., Socia, K. (2007). Sting Operations . Washington, DC : U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, 2007]

Selected Presentations

  • –Registered Sex Offender Spatial Clustering and Recidivistic Sex Crime Rates." - American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2012 - Chicago Illinois
  • Registered Sex Offender Spatial Clustering and Recidivistic Sex Crime Rates - The 31st Annual Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) Conference, October 2012 - Denver, CO
  • –Residence Restriction Legislation and Sex Offender Clustering in Upstate New York." - The 11th Crime Mapping Research Conference, 2011 - Miami Florida
  • The Characteristics of Counties Passing Residence Restrictions in New York - American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2011 - Washington, DC
  • Residence Restriction Legislation and Sex Offender Clustering in Upstate New York - The 11th Crime Mapping Research Conference, October 2011 - Miami FL
  • Residence Restriction Legislation and Sex Offender Clustering in Upstate New York - Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, March 2011 - Toronto, Canada
  • Did Sex Offender Residence Restrictions Reduce Sex Crime Rates in New York Counties? - American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2010 - San Francisco CA
  • The Effect of Residency Restrictions on Sex Offender Housing in Upstate New York - American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2009 - Philadelphia PA
  • The Effect of Residency Restrictions on Sex Offender Housing in Upstate New York - The 10th Crime Mapping Research Conference, August 2009 - New Orleans, LA
  • Neighborhood and Spatial Dynamics of Registered Sex Offenders' Addresses - American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2008 - St. Louis, MO
  • Social Disorganization, Collective Efficacy, and the Distribution of Registered Sex Offenders in Chicago, Illinois - Graduate Student Research Symposium, May 2008
  • A Time-Series Analysis of New York State's Sex Offender Registration and Notification Law - American Psychology - Law Society Conference, March 2008 - Jacksonville, FL
  • Social Disorganization, Collective Efficacy, and the Distribution of Registered Sex Offenders in Chicago, Illinois - American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2007 - Atlanta, GA

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Predictors of Injury and Reporting of Intraracial, Interracial, and Racially-Bias (2014), Grant -
    Socia, K. (Principal)