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Gary Sweeten

Faculty Profile: Gary Sweeten, Ph.D

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Associate Professor
Willamette University, B.A
University of Maryland, M.A
University of Maryland, Ph.D

ASU at the Downtown Campus
Criminology and Criminal Justice
411 N. Central Ave. Ste. 600
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Gary Sweeten is an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice in 2006 from the University of Maryland. His research interests include criminological theory, transitions to adulthood, and quantitative methods, and his research has recently appeared in Criminology, Social Problems, Justice Quarterly, Criminology & Public Policy, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. 


Courses taught:  

  •      CRJ 304 Criminology
  •      CRJ 502 Seminar in Criminology
  •      CRJ 525 Seminar on Life-Course Criminology
  •      CRJ 604 Advanced Statistical Analysis


Recent Publications:

    •  Gary Sweeten, David C. Pyrooz* and Alex R. Piquero. In Press. “Disengaging from gangs and desistance from crime.” Justice Quarterly
    • Pyrooz, David C.*, Gary Sweeten and Alex R. Piquero. 2012. “Continuity and change in gang membership and gang embeddedness.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Online first:
    • Sweeten, Gary. 2012. “Scaling criminal offending.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 28:533-557. Online:
    • Larson, Matthew J.* and Gary Sweeten. 2012. “Breaking up is hard to do: Romantic dissolution, offending, and substance use during the transition to adulthood.” Criminology 50:605-636. Online:
    • Apel, Robert and Gary Sweeten. 2010. “The impact of incarceration on employment during the transition to adulthood.” Social Problems 57:448-479. Online:

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Society of Criminology
    • American Sociological Association
    • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
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