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Barbara Warner


Ph.D., University at Albany


Dr. Warner’s research addresses the enduring question of why some neighborhoods have higher crime rates than others. Her research has most frequently addressed the role of informal social control of inappropriate behavior in preventing crime and violence, and the structural and cultural features of neighborhoods that affect the extent to which residents are willing to intervene and confront wrong. She has recently co-developed a training program to teach neighborhood residents how to confront problem behaviors and regulate social life through the use of non-coercive techniques. She continues to work toward the development of new models of justice wherein communities play a more active and central role.

Her research has been published in a wide variety of peer-reviewed journals including Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Criminal Justice, Contemporary Justice Review, Social Problems, Sociological Review, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. Her research in the area of communities and crime has been funded by the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

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