Jean McGloin is currently a Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland.  She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University in 2004, where her dissertation focused on street gangs in Newark, New Jersey.   Dr. McGloin's research interests include peer influence, co-offending, and collective behavior.

Areas of Interest

  • Co-offending, peer influence, collective behavior
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    Degree Details
    Rutgers University-Newark
  • Degree Type
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    Bryn Mawr College
  • Degree Type
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    Rutgers University-Newark

Jean McGloin’s primary research focus is on groups and crime, which is reflected in two main research programs.  First, she has an ongoing research program focused on peer influence processes. This program has focused on developing new theoretical explanations of peer influence, the role of peer network structure in shaping delinquency, and the extent to which individual characteristics (e.g., immigrant status, gender) condition peer influence.  Second, she conducts research on co-offending, including why offenders decide to commit crime with accomplices, under what conditions they will instigate group crime rather than follow others, and how co-offending networks can shape and influence the criminal career.  As part of this stream of research, she interested in how the group can condition decisions about offending.

Primary Investigator

  • Associate Editor for the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
  • Associate Editor for the Journal of Quantitative Criminology
  • Associate Editor for Justice Quarterly
  • Editorial Board Member: Criminology, and Criminology and Public Policy

Current Students

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  • Michelle Fabiani
  • Benjamin Pheasant
Jean McGloin
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