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Barbara J. Costello

Barbara Costello

Associate Professor


Ph.D., University of Arizona

Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, Research Methods

Professor Barbara Costello began her academic career as a student at the University of Rhode Island, and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology in 1986. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, and was on the faculty of Mississippi State University for six years before returning to URI.

Professor Costello specializes in criminology, and much of her research focuses on testing and extending control theories of crime. Her current research involves studying peer influence on deviant behavior, with an emphasis on the mechanisms by which peers influence each other's behavior toward prosocial behavior.

Professor Costello regularly teaching courses on crime and delinquency and research methods, and she is teaching a seminar on the sociology of food production and distribution in the Fall 2010 semester.

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Carlos Garcia-Quijano

Carlos Garcia-Quijano was selected to receive the 2013 Early Career Faculty Reseach Award in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.Kudos to him!

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Department Chair
Leo Carroll,

Justice, Law & Society Minor Coordinator
Professor Leo Carroll,

Administrative Assistant
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