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March 1st, 2010
Noted criminologist to speak at Texas State

021710rosenfeldRichard Rosenfeld will lecture Friday at Texas State.


Noted criminologist and president of the American Society of Criminology Richard Rosenfeld will give a series of lectures at Texas State Friday.

Rosenfeld will guest lecture a forensic psychology course from 9-9:50 a.m. at Flowers Hall, 341. He will then present a public lecture, “Violent Crime, Property Crime and the Economy: a Unified Explanation,” from 6-7 p.m. in the Alkek Teaching Theatre.

Rosenfeld’s interests in crime research span the social sources of violent crime, crime statistics and crime control policy, and he brings this cross disciplinary approach to his lectures. He will talk about worldwide crime trends and bring to light some of the social forces that cause some crimes to increase while others decrease.

“Rosenfeld’s work does not just document such changes, it tries to explain those changes,” said Randall Osborne, a professor of psychology at Texas State. “Understanding why crime trends change is important for enforcement but also for setting public policy. His visit illustrates the continued cooperation between various departments at Texas State that led to the development of the minor in forensic psychology.  His work is an excellent illustration of these combined perspectives.”

Rosenfeld is the author of several books and dozens of papers that have appeared in numerous professional journals, including the American Journal of Police, Advances in Criminological Theory, Law and Contemporary Problems, Homicide Studies, Criminology, Sociological Forum and many more. He is Curators Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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0 thoughts on “Noted criminologist to speak at Texas State

  1. I would imagine the guest lecturing in the forensic psych course would be limited to students enrolled in that course, but the 6-7 public lecture is just that, open to the public.

  2. Both lectures, according to the Texas State website, are open to “all who are interested.”

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