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 thru 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.