Professor Botchkovar earned her PhD in Sociology from North Carolina State University. Her interests include empirical testing of criminological theories, comparative criminology, and theory construction. Specifically, her research seeks to assess how well contemporary criminological theories explain crime in various cultural contexts.
With data from Russia, Ukraine, and Greece, she has conducted multiple studies investigating causes of criminal/deviant behavior on individual level. In her most recent work, she attempts to determine how the conjunction of individual- and neighborhood-level factors influences criminal behavior of individuals in Russia and Ukraine. Professor Botchkovar’s work has been published in journals such as Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Social Forces, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and Social Science Research.