Ph.D., Emory University
Dr. Brezina’s research and teaching interests include the causes and control of crime/violence. He has conducted extensive research on the correlates and consequences of youth violence and delinquency, with a special focus on the real and symbolic rewards that motivate offenders. Dr. Brezina has also conducted tests of various criminological theories, including strain and social learning theories. Currently, Dr. Brezina is involved in a multi-year evaluation of an innovative Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program for at-risk youth, funded by the Department of Justice. He has published numerous articles in criminology and criminal justice journals, such as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Deviant Behavior. He is coauthor of Juvenile Delinquency: Causes and Control, 5th edition (Oxford University Press).
Areas of Focus
Juvenile Delinquency, Youth Violence, Criminological Theory
Crank, Beverly R., and Timothy Brezina. ““Prison Will Either Make Ya or Break Ya”: Punishment, Deterrence, and the Criminal Lifestyle.” Deviant Behavior 34, no. 10 (2013): 782-802.
Brezina, T., and V. Topalli. “Criminal Self-Efficacy: Exploring the Correlates and Consequences of a “Successful Criminal” Identity.” Criminal Justice and Behavior39, no. 8 (2012): 1042-062.
Brezina, Timothy, Erdal Tekin, and Volkan Topalli. ““MIGHT NOT BE A TOMORROW”: A MULTIMETHODS APPROACH TO ANTICIPATED EARLY DEATH AND YOUTH CRIME.” Criminology 47, no. 4 (2009): 1091-129.
Classes Taught (Spring 2019)
Juvenile Offending (CRJU 3210)
Social Science and the American Crime Problem (CRJU 2200)
Classes Taught (Fall 2018)
Social Science & the American Crime Problem (CRJU 2200)
Criminological Theory (CRJU 8050)