Miranda earned her BA from Washington and Lee University with Honors in Sociology & Anthropology and Politics.  While there, she studied sexual assault prevention programming efficacy  and the decline in white ethnicity using sociological paradigms. Since joining the department in August 2012, Miranda has had a primary assignment under Sally S. Simpson, but has also worked with Thomas Loughran, Min Xie, and faculty in other departments and campuses. Prior grant work has involved the use of federal data to study white collar crime, policy preferences, and perceptions of crime seriousness. She finished her Master's thesis in late fall 2014, focusing on the sentencing of organizational defendants in federal criminal court before and after the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Currently, she is working on her dissertation and teaching courses at the undergraduate level.

Her primary research interests include decision-making, informal/social sanctioning, white-collar crime, reporting crime to the police, and rational choice theory. 


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Sociology & Anthropology with Honors, Politics, Washington and Lee University
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland
Miranda Galvin
2164 LeFrak Hall
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
magalvin [at] umd.edu
Office Hours
Tuesday 1:00-3:00 p.m.