Mark Stafford

Professor of Criminal Justice, Texas State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminological theory
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Sex offending
  • Juvenile justice

Key Findings

  • In the article, “A Reconceptualization of General and Specific Deterrence,” Stafford proposes the concept of reconceptualization to cover gaps in previous deterrence research and thinking. MORE
  • In the article, “New Call for Assessing the Effects of 21st Century Juvenile Diversion,” Stafford and his coauthors examine the history of diversion in juvenile justice. . . MORE


Mark Stafford, Professor of Criminal Justice at Texas State University, is an expert in criminological theory, juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice.

Stafford has held faculty positions at Texas State University, Washington State University and the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He also served as the IEAT-FORD Chair of Criminality, Violence, and Public Policy at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

He has been published in numerous academic journals, including Criminology, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency and Journal of Criminal Justice.

Stafford received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Arizona and B.A. in Sociology from Southern Methodist University.

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