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Sociology and Criminology & Law

Abigail A. Fagan


Professor of Criminology & Law


Office: Turlington 3362

Fall 2020 Virtual Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:30-11:30am and by appointment


Abigail Fagan received her Ph.D. in Sociology University of Colorado in 2001. Her research focuses on the etiology and prevention of juvenile delinquency and drug use, with an emphasis on examining the ways in which scientific advances can be successfully translated into effective crime and delinquency prevention practices. Dr. Fagan has been a Principal Investigator on research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Justice to study the role of victimization experiences and community influences on juvenile offending. She has worked on the Blueprints for Violence Prevention Initiative and the Community Youth Development Study, both of which seek to assist community agencies and practitioners in identifying and replicating with fidelity effective delinquency prevention programs. Her etiological and applied work has been published in leading journals in criminology, psychology, and public health and shared with scientists, policy makers, and practitioners at conferences and invited presentations. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education ranked Dr. Fagan as one of the most productive scholars among Assistant Professors (her rank at the time of the study) in the U.S., measured by the number of published peer-reviewed journal article and citations, H-Index, and m-quotient.


Undergraduate Courses

  • CCJ410: Juvenile Justice
  • CCJ4014: Criminological Theory

Graduate Courses

  • CCJ6920: Seminar on Criminological Theory
  • CCJ5934: Developmental Prevention of Antisocial Behavior
  • CCJ5934: Gender and Crime


Areas of Specialization

  • Communities and Crime
  • Family Influences on Juvenile Delinquency
  • Gender and Offending
  • Victimization and Offending
  • Crime Prevention and Public Policy

Select Publications

  • Elliott, Delbert and Abigail A. Fagan. 2017. The Prevention of Crime. Wiley: Hoboken, NJ.
  • Benedini, Kristen M., Abigail A. Fagan, and Chris L. Gibson. 2016. “The cycle of victimization: The relationship between childhood maltreatment and adolescent peer victimization.” Child Abuse & Neglect  59: 111-121.
  • Fagan, Abigail A. and Molly Buchanan. 2016. “What Works in Crime Prevention? A Comparison and Critical Review of Three Crime Prevention Registries.” Criminology and Public Policy 15(3): 617-649.
  • Oesterle, Sabrina, J. David Hawkins, Margaret R. Kuklinski, Abigail A. Fagan, Christopher Fleming, Isaac Rhew, Eric C. Brown, Robert D. Abbott, and Richard F. Catalano. 2015. “Effects of Communities That Care on Males’ and Females’ Drug Use and Delinquency Nine Years After Baseline in a Community-Randomized Trial.” American Journal of Community Psychology 56: 217-228.
  • Kuklinski, Margaret R., Fagan, Abigail A., J. David Hawkins, John S. Briney, and Richard F. Catalano. “Benefit-Cost Analysis of A Randomized Evaluation of Communities That Care: Monetizing Intervention Effects on the Initiation of Delinquency and Substance Use Through Grade 12.” Journal of Experimental Criminology 11(2): 165-192.
  • Gibson, Chris L., Abigail A. Fagan, and Kelsey Antle*. 2014. “Avoiding Violent Victimization Among Youth in Urban Neighborhoods: The Importance of Street Efficacy.” American Journal of Public Health 104(2): e154-e161.
  • Fagan, Abigail A., Wright, Emily M., and Gillian M. Pinchevsky. 2014. “The Protective Effects of Neighborhood Collective Efficacy on Adolescent Substance Use and Violence Following Exposure to Violence.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 43(9): 1498-1512.
  • Catalano, Richard F., Abigail A. Fagan, Mark T. Greenberg, Charles Irwin, David A. Ross, Vikram Patel, Daniel T.L. Shek. 2012. “Worldwide Application of Prevention Science in Adolescent Health.” The Lancet 379: 1653-1664.
  • Wright, Emily M. and Abigail A. Fagan. 2013. “The Cycle of Violence in Context: Exploring the Moderating Roles of Neighborhood Disadvantage and Cultural Norms.” Criminology 51(2): 217-249.

*Denotes graduate student coauthor