Gregory Zimmerman

Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
education Ph.D., 2009, Criminal Justice
University at Albany
Mailing address 417 CH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Gregory Zimmerman’s research interests focus on examining the interrelationships among individual-level factors of crime, social context, and criminal offending. This includes investigating the influence of psychological factors on crime across familial, peer, and neighborhood ecologies, and investigating contextual effects on individual-level behavior. Hierarchical linear modeling is particularly important for addressing this research agenda. His teaching interests include research methods in the social sciences, juvenile justice, and criminological and sociological theory.

Selected Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

2011 Gregory M. Zimmerman and Bob Edward Vasquez. Decomposing the peer effect on adolescent substance use: Mediation, nonlinearity, and differential nonlinearity. Criminology 49:1235-1273.

2011 Gregory M. Zimmerman and Steven Messner. Neighborhood context and nonlinear peer effects on adolescent violent crime. Criminology 49:873-903.

2011 Ray Paternoster, Greg Pogarsky, and Gregory M. Zimmerman. Thoughtfully reflective decision-making and the accumulation of capital: Bringing choice back in. Journal of Quantitative Criminology 27:1-26.

2011 Gregory M. Zimmerman and Greg Pogarsky. The consequences of parental underestimation and overestimation of youth exposure to violence. Journal of Marriage and Family 73:194-208.

2010 Gregory M. Zimmerman and Steven Messner. Neighborhood context and the gender gap in adolescent violent crime. American Sociological Review 75:958-980.

2010 Gregory M. Zimmerman. Impulsivity, offending, and the neighborhood: Investigating the person-context nexus. Journal of Quantitative Criminology 26:301-332.

2008 Gregory M. Zimmerman. The correlates of self-imposed and socially imposed extralegal risk perceptions. Deviant Behavior 29:157-190.

Book Chapters

Gregory M. Zimmerman and Steven Messner. Person-in-context: Insights and issues in research on neighborhoods and crime. In Brandon C. Welsh and Rolf Loeber, The Future of Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Steven Messner and Gregory M. Zimmerman. Community-level influences on crime and offending. In Brandon C. Welsh and David P. Farrington, The Oxford Handbook on Crime Prevention. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gregory M. Zimmerman. Resetting effect. In Francis T. Cullen and Pamela K. Wilcox, Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory. CA: Sage.

Gregory M. Zimmerman and Bob Edward Vasquez. Deterrence theory: A meta-analysis.

In Sean Maddan and Jeffrey Walker, Criminology and Criminal Justice: Theory, Research Methods, and Statistics. Boston: Jones and Bartlett.

Selected Honors & Awards

Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award, School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany, 2009

Eliot H. Lumbard Award for Academic Excellence, School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany, $500, 2008

Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU) Award for Advanced PhD Students

Making Exceptional Progress Toward the Degree, University at Albany, $3,000, 2005

Professional Associations & Affiliations

Reviewer, Criminology (2010-present)

Reviewer, American Journal of Sociology (2010-present) Reviewer, Crime, Law and Social Change (2010-present) Reviewer, Journal of Quantitative Criminology (2009-present) Reviewer, National Science Foundation (2010-present)

Editorial Assistant, Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture (2003-2007) Book Reviewer, Prentice-Hall (2007-present)

Member, American Society of Criminology (2005-present) Member, American Sociological Association (2010-present)