Jessica earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Penn State in 2013 and an MS in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2015. Her substantive interest areas include the role of identity, peer and group processes, and decision-making on criminal behavior. Her work is interdisciplinary, drawing from social psychology, sociology, and gender studies, and has been published in Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and Deviant Behavior. She currently works as a research assistant for Dr. Peter Reuter. She previously worked for Dr. Sally Simpson and Dr. Jean McGloin.

Areas of Interest

  • Decision Making
  • Peer Influence
  • Identity
  • Gender and Crime
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
CCJS342 Corrections Fall 2019 Syllabus
Jessica Deitzer
2148 LeFrak Hall
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
jdeitzer [at]