The Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice warmly welcomes Drs. Min Xie and Lauren Porter as part of the faculty team at the University of Maryland.
Min Xie, an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, received a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from University at Albany, State University of New York in 2007.
Dr. Xie was co-recipient of the Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology in 2012. She is currently working in the Census Bureau Headquarter in Suitland, Maryland with funding provided by the National Institute of Justice to study violent victimization in relation to American immigration and the growth of the Hispanic population. She also received a travel award from the American Society of Criminology to support her collaborative research with staff at the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Research interests lie in three areas: theories of criminal victimization and victimization surveys, nature of crime and crime prevention strategies, and quantitative methods, including multilevel, longitudinal, and spatial analysis.
Lauren Porter is an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from University at Albany-SUNY in 2012, where she specialized in criminology and demography. She worked as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Kent State for two years before joining the University of Maryland faculty.
Dr. Porter is largely interested in topics that revolve around punishment. She primarily investigates questions related to incarceration, including the collateral consequences of imprisonment and how population structure shapes incarceration trends. Her current work also explores how offenders interact with neighborhood environments to choose crime locations. Research interests are punishment, consequences of incarceration, demography of crime, crime and place, and offender decision making.