Chester Britt

Chester L. Britt III

Dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
education Ph.D, 1990, Sociology,
University of Arizona
Mailing address 204B CH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Chester Britt is the dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Prior to joining Northeastern University, he was the chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Arizona State University. He has also held faculty positions in the sociology departments at Pennsylvania State University and at the University of Illinois.

His primary research interests include theories of criminal behavior and victimization, demography of crime and criminal careers, criminal justice decision-making, and quantitative research methods. Of particular interest in much of his work has been the advancement of alternative statistical approaches to gain a better understanding of (1) how factors such as age, race, and gender affect patterns of criminal offending across the criminal career and (2) how case and defendant characteristics affect the processing of cases in the criminal justice system.

In addition to his various research activities, he was editor of Justice Quarterly (JQ) for issues published in 2005 thrugh 2007. JQ is a peer reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal that focuses on issues of crime and criminal justice and is the official journal of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Selected Publications


Weisburd, David and Chester L. Britt. 2007. Statistics in Criminal Justice, 3rd ed. New York: Springer.

Weisburd, David and Chester L. Britt. 2003. Statistics in Criminal Justice, 2nd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Britt, Chester L. and Michael Gottfredson (Editors). 2003. Control Theories of Crime and Delinquency: Advances in Criminological Theory, Volume 12. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.


Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals

Britt, Chester L. 2009. “Modeling the Distribution of Sentence Length Decisions Under a Guidelines System: An Application of Quantile Regression Models.”

Journal of Quantitative Criminology 25:341-370. Armstrong, Todd and Chester L. Britt. 2004. “The Effect of Offender Characteristics on Offense Specialization and Escalation.” Justice Quarterly 21:843-876.

Outlaw, Maureen C., R. Barry Ruback, and Chester L. Britt. 2002. “Repeat and Multiple Victimizations: The Role of Individual and Contextual Factors.” Violence and Victims 17:187-204.

Darrell Steffensmeier and Chester L. Britt. 2001. “Judges’ Race and Judicial Decision Making: Do Black Judges Sentence Differently?” Social Science Quarterly 82:749-764.

Britt, Chester L. 2001. “Testing Theory and the Analysis of Time Series Data.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 17:343-357.

Britt, Chester L. 2000. “Comment on Paternoster and Brame.” Criminology 38: 965-970.

Britt, Chester L. 2000. “Health Consequences of Criminal Victimization.” International Review of Victimiology 8:63-73.

Chester L. Britt. 2000. “Social Context and Racial Disparities in Punishment Decisions.” Justice Quarterly 17:801-826.

Britt, Chester L. 1998. “Race, Religion and Support for Using the Death Penalty: A Research Note.” Justice Quarterly 15:175-191.

Reprinted: Eskridge, Chris (ed.). 1999. Criminal Justice: Concepts and Issues, 3 ed., pp 298-309.

Reprinted: Eskridge, Chris (ed.). 2004. Criminal Justice: Concepts and Issues, 4 ed., pp 326-336.

Britt, Chester L. 1997. “Reconsidering the Unemployment and Crime Relationship: Variation by Age Group and Historical Period.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 13:405-428.

Britt, Chester L. 1996. “The Measurement of Specialization and Escalation in the Criminal Career: An Alternative Modeling Strategy.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 12:193-222.

Britt, Chester L., Gary Kleck, and David J. Bordua. 1996. “A Reassessment of the D.C. Gun Law: Some Cautionary Notes on the Use of Interrupted Time Series Designs for Policy Impact Assessment.” Law and Society Review 30:361-380.

Britt, Chester L., Gary Kleck, and David J. Bordua. 1996. “Avoidance and Misunderstanding: A Rejoinder to McDowall et al.” Law and Society Review 30:393-397.

Britt, Chester L. 1994. “Youth Unemployment and Crime in the United States, 1958-1990: A Time Series Analysis.” American Journal of Economics and Sociology 53:99-109.

Britt, Chester L. 1994. “Model Specification and Interpretation: Reply to Greenberg.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 10:375-379.

Britt, Chester L., III. 1992. “Constancy and Change in the U.S. Age Distribution of Crime: A Test of the ‘Invariance Hypothesis’.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 8:175-187.

Britt, Chester L., III, Michael R. Gottfredson, and John S. Goldkamp. 1992. “Drug Testing and Pretrial Misconduct: An Experiment on the Specific Deterrent Effects of Drug Monitoring Defendants on Pretrial Release.” Journal of Research on Crime and Delinquency 29:62-78.

Rowe, David C. and Chester L. Britt, III. 1991. “Developmental Explanations of Delinquent Behavior Among Siblings: Common Factor vs. Transmission Mechanisms.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 7:315-332.


Book Chapters

Britt, Chester L. Forthcoming. “Sentencing Guidelines,” in Encyclopedia of Community Corrections, New York: Golson.

Britt, Chester L. Forthcoming. “Using Quantile Regression Models to Analyze Experimental Data,” in Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, New York: Springer.

Britt, Chester L. and David Weisburd. 2010. “Logistic Regression Models for Categorical Outcome Variables,” in Alex Piquero and David Weisburd (eds.), Handbook of Quantitative Criminology, pages 649-682. New York: Springer.

Britt, Chester L. and David Weisburd. 2010. “Statistical Power,” in Alex Piquero and David Weisburd (eds.), Handbook of Quantitative Criminology, pages 313-332. New York: Springer.

Britt, Chester L. 2005. “Examples of Social Science Methods Used in Criminology,” in Kimberly Kempf-Leonard (ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Measurement, Volume 1, pp. 557-563. San Diego, CA: Elsevier Science.

Britt, Chester L. 2003. “Self-Control, Group Solidarity, and Crime: An Integrated Control Theory,” in Chester L. Britt and Michael Gottfredson (eds.), Control Theories of Crime and Delinquency: Advances in Criminological Theory, Volume 12, pp. 161-178. New Burnswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Britt, Chester L. 2000. “Larceny,” in Clifton D. Bryant (ed), Encyclopedia of Deviant Behavior, Volume II, pp. 253-258. New York: Taylor and Francis.

Britt, Chester L., III. 1995. “The Nature of Common Crime in the Year 2010,” in John Klofas and Stan Stojkovic (eds.), Crime and Justice in the Year 2010, pp. 86-101. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Britt, Chester L. 1994. “Versatility,” in Travis Hirschi and Michael R. Gottfredson (eds.), Generality of Deviance, pp. 173-192. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.

Britt, Chester L. 1994. “Participation and Frequency,” in Travis Hirschi and Michael R. Gottfredson (eds.), Generality of Deviance, pp. 193-213. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.

Britt, Chester L., III. 1994. “Criminal Behavior,” in V.S. Ramachandran (ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, Volume 2, pp. 17-22. San Diego: Academic Press.

Proceedings Chapter

Britt, Chester L. and Karen Hayslett-McCall. 1999. “Community, Victimization, and Psychological Distress,” in Edward J. Miller and Robert P. Wolensky (eds.), Proceedings of the 13th Conference on the Small City, pp. 321-331. Stevens Point, WI: University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point Press.

Professional Associations & Affiliations

American Society of Criminology.

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

American Sociological Association.