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Janet P. Stamatel

Research Interests:
Global Criminology
Violence Against Women
Political Sociology
Quantitative Methods

Spring 2023 Office Hours: Tuesdays 11 AM - 12:30 PM in person and Wednesdays 1:30-3:00 PM via Zoom

Appointments for other times can be arranged by email.



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. (2021) Examining Crime and Punishment around the World. ABC-CLIO.


Recent Journal Articles & Book Chapters

Aghayeeabianeh, Banafsheh, and Janet P. Stamatel. (2022). “The Effects of Sociopolitical Factors on Divorce Rates after Political Upheavals in Post-Socialist Countries.” Comparative Sociology 21: 300-319.

Stamatel, Janet P.  (2021). “Cross-National Research,” in J.C. Barnes and David R. Forde (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Research Methods and Statistical Techniques in Criminology and Criminal Justice. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

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.