Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Ph.D., 1980, Sociology
University of Pennsylvania
427 Churchill Hall,
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Resume / CV
Professor Singer’s scholarship focuses on adolescent offender and juvenile justice. His most recent book, America’s Safest City: Delinquency and Modernity in Suburbia (New York University Press, 2014), won the American Society of Criminology’s 2015 Michael J. Hindelang Book Award for the most valuable contribution to research in criminology. His earlier book, Recriminalizing Delinquency: Violent Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice Reform (Cambridge University Press, 1996), won the American Sociological Association’s 1999 Albert J. Reiss Distinguished Scholar Award in crime, law, and deviance. He has received grants from the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. His current book project is on juveniles lifers in America’s criminal justice system.
Books and Monographs
- Delinquency and Control in America’s Safest City.Simon I. Singer. 2014. New York University Press.
- Recriminalizing Delinquency: Violent Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice Reform. Simon I. Singer. 1996. New York: Cambridge University Press. Reprinted paperback edition 1998. Albert J. Reiss,Jr. Distinguished Scholar Award.
- The National Survey of Crime Severity. Marvin E. Wolfgang, Robert M. Figlio, Paul E. Tracey, Simon I. Singer. 1985. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington: Government Printing Office
- Sentencing Juveniles to Life in Prison: The Reproduction of Juvenile Justice for Young Adolescents Charged with Murder. Crime and Delinquency. Simon I. Singer. 2011. 57:969-986.
- The Late Modern Future of a Switch-Hitting Juvenile Court: Where did it come from? What is it?And how will we know when it arrives?Simon I. Singer. 2008. Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethnics, and Public Policy 1:127-153
- Incarcerating Juveniles into Adulthood: Organizational Fields of Knowledge and the Back End of Waiver. Simon I. Singer. 2003. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice 1:1-13
- Youthful Offender Status and the Reproduction of Juvenile Justice Within Systems of Criminal Justice: The Case of WilliamShrubsall. Simon I. Singer. 1999. Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal 17:107-123
- The Significance of Place in Bringing Juveniles into Criminal Court. Simon I. Singer. 1999. The Quinnipiac Law Review 18:643-659
- Criminal and Teen Courts as Loosely Coupled Systems of Juvenile Justice. Simon I. Singer. 1998. Wake Forest Law Review 33:509-533
- Merging and Emerging Systems of Juvenile Justice. Simon I. Singer. 1996. Law and Policy 18: 1-16
- Heavy Metal Music Preference, Delinquent Friends, Social Control, and Delinquency. Simon I. Singer, Murray Levine, and Susyan Jou. 1993. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 30:317-329
- The Automatic Waiver of Juveniles and Substantive Justice. Simon I. Singer. 1993. Crime and Delinquency 39:253-261
- Power-Control Theory, Gender and Delinquency: A Partial Replication with Additional Evidence on the Effects of Peers. 1988. Simon I. Singer and Murray Levine. Criminology 4:289-302
- Of the Juvenile Offender Law. Simon I. Singer and David McDowall. 1988. Law and Society Review 22:521-535
- The Fear of Reprisal and the Failure of Victims to Report a Personal Crime. Simon I. Singer 1988. Journal of Quantitative Criminology 4:289-302
- Delinquency, Substance Abuse and Risk Taking in Middle Class Adolescents. Murray Levine and Simon I. Singer. 1988. Behavioral Sciences and the Law 6:1-16
- Juvenile Homicide: The Need for an Interdisciplinary Approach. John C. Rowley, Charles P. Ewing, and Simon I. Singer. 1987. Behavioral Sciences and the Law 5:1-10
- Juvenile Justice Reform in New York State: The Juvenile Offender Law. Simon I. Singer and Charles P. Ewing. 1986. Law and Policy 8:463-478
- Victims of Serious Violence and their Criminal Behavior: Subcultural Theory and Beyond. Simon I. Singer. 1986. Victims and Violence 1:61-70
- Homogeneous Victim-Offender Populations: A Review and Some Research Implications. Simon I. Singer. 1981. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology72:779-788
- On Victimization Surveys: A Comment on Alleged Over Reporting. Simon I. Singer. 1979. Criminology 16:99-102
- Victim Categories of Crime. Marvin E. Wolfgang and Simon I. Singer. 1978. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 69:379-394
Awards and Honors
- “America’s Safest City” is one of the seven books to receive the 2016 Prose Award from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division. According to the AAP website, http://musecommons.org/blog/2016/02/18/2016-prose-awards:“The PROSE Awards, presented by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division, have recognized distinctive books, journals, and electronic content in 54 categories since 1976. The judges, a diverse group of peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals, look for exceptional works with significant contributions to the arts, humanities, sciences, and math. This year, seven books in Project MUSE were recognized for their excellence…the seven books recognized in the Biological & Life Sciences, Biomedicine & Neuroscience, Law & Legal Studies, Theology & Religious Studies, U.S. History, Social Work, and Single Volume Reference/Science categories.”
- Albert J. Reiss, Jr. Distinguished Scholar Award. American Sociological Association, Crime, Law, and Deviance Section. 1999
- Fellow, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. 1995-1996.
- Visiting Associate Professor, Institute of Criminology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. 1988-1989.
- Senior Fellowship. Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, Albany, New York, 1983-1984.
- American Society of Criminology, Hindelang Book Award Committee, Member, 2011- 2012
- American Sociological Association, Session Organizer, Crime, Law and Deviance. Co- Chair. 2008. Boston.
- American Sociological Association, Albert J. Reiss, Jr. Distinguished Scholar Award, Member, 2003.
- American Sociological Association, Albert J. Reiss, Jr. Distinguished Scholar Award, Chair, 2001.
- American Sociological Association, Session Organizer on Law and Society, Chair, 2000. Washington, DC.
- American Society of Criminology. Program Chair. 1999. Toronto. American Society of Criminology. Student Awards Committee. 1994.
- American Sociological Association. Student Awards Committee. 1993. Associate Editor, Justice Quarterly, 2004 to 2006
- Associate Editor, Buffalo Criminal Law Review, 1996 to 2006
- Associate Editor, Law and Public Policy Quarterly, 1981-1983
- Associate Editor, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 1978-1981
- Served as reviewer for National Science Foundation, and panel member for National Institute of Justice
- Consultant, State of New York’s Commission for the Study of Youth Crime and Violence and Reform of the Juvenile Justice System, 1994-1996.