Tom Scott is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Saint Louis University in May, 2012. He received his M.A. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland in May, 2015. Working closely with Charles Wellford, his research has examined the underground gun market and case- and agency-level predictors of longitudinal crime clearance trajectories. Currently a PhD candidate, his dissertation attempts to test for and explain the causal link between incarceration and recidivism using a panel dataset of serious juvenile offenders. In addition to research, he has taught an undergraduate-level course on the American correctional system. In the future, he plans to continue conducting research on the correctional system, individual causes of crime, and the influence of the former on the latter, in addition to teaching a variety of courses. 

Areas of Interest

  • Corrections; DLC Criminology; Peers; Place; Culture


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Psychology, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri, 2012
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2015


  • My dissertation involves identifying if and how incarceration affects the likelihood of recidivism. Other projects I am involved in include research on the illict gun market and police clearance rates, both with Charles Wellford and colleagues.
Tom Scott
2220Y LeFrak Hall
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
tscott1 [at]