Janet Stamatel

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • International Studies
  • Sociology
1571 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

Spring 2016 Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 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 crime.   Most of my research focuses on crime in Europe, particularly post-communist Eastern Europe. 

Selected Publications: 

Stamatel, Janet P.  (forthcoming) “The Effects of Detrimental Drinking Patterns and Drug Use on Macro-Level Female Homicide Victimization Rates across Europe.” Current Sociology.

Stamatel, Janet P.  (Online first, Nov. 4, 2015) “Democratic Cultural Values as Predictors of Cross-National Homicide Variation in Europe.”  Homicide Studies, 10.1177/1088767915611178.

Huggins, Christopher M., and Janet P. Stamatel. (2015). “An Exploratory Study Comparing the Effectiveness of Lecturing vs. Team-Based Learning for Teaching Introductory Criminology.” Teaching Sociology, 43(3): 227-235. 

Stamatel, Janet P. (2015). “How Data Visualization Can Improve Analytical Thinking in Cross-National Crime Research.”  International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice 31(1): 31-46.

Stamatel, Janet P.  (2014). “Explaining Variations in Female Homicide Victimization Rates across Europe.”   European Journal of Criminology 11(5): 578-600.

Stamatel, Janet P.  (2014). “Revisiting Nations Not Obsessed with Crime.” Crime, Law, and Social Change 62(2): 113-129.

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