Alex Piquero

Professor of Criminology at the University of Miami

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal behavior
  • Crime prevention
  • Crime policy
  • Criminal careers
  • Criminological theory
  • Crime trends

Key Findings

  • High frequency offending is rare among the arrested NFL players. MORE
  • Non-white players are more chronic than white players. MORE
  • The likelihood of violence is largely driven by high frequency offending. MORE


Alex Piquero, Professor of Criminology at the University of Miami, is an expert in criminal behavior, crime prevention and criminal careers.

Piquero served as an executive counselor with the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and a member of organizations including the National Academy of Sciences, the Racial Democracy and the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. He received numerous awards including ASC’s Young Scholar and E-Mail Mentor of the Year and top teaching awards from the University of Texas and University of Maryland.

Piquero has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and collaborated on several books, including Key Issues in Criminal Careers Research: New Analyses from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent DevelopmentHandbook of Quantitative Criminology and Offending from Childhood to Late Middle Age.

He earned his Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland.