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Janet P. Stamatel


Spring 2022 Office Hours: Wednesdays 1-3 PM via Zoom and by appointment



University of Chicago, Sociology, Ph.D. 2004


I am a sociologist specializing in global criminology, political sociology, and quantitative methods.  My primary research agenda addresses why countries vary in their levels and types of crime, how we can best measure that variation, and how we can advance criminological theories to account for macro-level crime differences.  I am especially interested in how political regime changes can contribute to or alleviate social disorder problems, such as homicide and violence against women. Most of my research focuses on crime in Europe, particularly post-communist Central and Eastern Europe. 

Selected Publications:


Stamatel, Janet P. (2022) Examining Crime and Punishment around the World. ABC-CLIO.


Recent Journal Articles & Book Chapters

Stamatel, Janet P., Kathleen Ratajczak, and Robert Hoekstra. (2020). “Do Gun Policies Really Protect Women? A Cross-National Test of the Relationship between Gun Regulations and Female Homicide Victimization.” Journal of Mediterranean Knowledge 5 (1): 19–46.

Bunting, Amanda, and Janet P. Stamatel. (2019). “Exploring Geospatial Characteristics of Hashtag Activism in Ferguson, Missouri: An Application of Social Disorganization Theory.Geoforum 104: 55-62.

Lowan, Ting, and Janet P. Stamatel. (2019). “Cross-national Differences in Female Offending and Criminal Justice Processing.” International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice 43(3): 219-239.

Stamatel, Janet P., and Samuel Romans. (2018). “The Effect of Wars on Post-War Homicide Rates: A Replication and Extension of Archer and Gartner.“ Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 34(3): 287-311.

Stamatel, Janet P., and Chenghui Zhang. (2018). “Risk Factors for Violence against Refugee Women,” pp. 625-646 in Helmut Kury and Slawomir Rado (Eds.). Refugees and Migrants in Law and Policy – Challenges and Opportunities for Global Civic Education. Springer Verlag.

Stamatel, Janet P. (2017). “Cross-National Crime,” in Beth M. Huebner (Ed).  Oxford Bibliographies Online:  Criminology.  New York:  Oxford University Press.