Offender re-entry & recidivism, Registered sex offenders, Public policy-making, Environmental criminology, GIS, Spatial Analyses.
Offender re-entry and recidivism, Registered sex offenders, Public policy-making, Environmental criminology, Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Analyses
B.S., Business Administration: Management Information Systems, Rochester Institute of Technology (2005)
M.A., Criminal Justice, University at Albany, SUNY (2008)
Ph.D., Criminal Justice, University at Albany, SUNY (2011)
Dr. Socia is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Previously, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. In 2011, he received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany, SUNY. His dissertation examined the passage, efficacy, and consequences of sex offender residence restrictions in New York, and was funded in part by the NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship.
Dr. Socia's research interests include offender re-entry and recidivism, registered sex offenders, public policy-making, environmental criminology, geographic information systems, and spatial analyses. His recent publications have appeared in journals such as Crime and Delinquency, Criminology and Public Policy, and Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. He is also co-editor (with Andrew Harris) of the Sex Offender Law Report, a nationally-circulated publication read by policymakers and legal and criminal justice professionals.