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Sociology and Criminology & Law

Chris Gibson



Associate Professor, Criminology and Law

W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow, National Institute of Justice


  • B.S. Psychology, East Tennessee State University
  • M.A. Criminology, East Tennessee State University
  • Ph.D. Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska

Areas of Interest

  • Life-Course Criminology
  • Biosocial Criminology
  • Neighborhood Influences on Children and Adolescents
  • Applied Quantitative Methods


Dr. Gibson has been a faculty member at UF since 2007. His research focuses on the independent and interactive influences of traits and environments on antisocial behaviors, victimization, and societal consequences of crime. He has published more than 70 scholarly works, including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and federal reports. He has also been awarded numerous grants, including research funding from the National Institute of Justice.

Dr. Gibson’s research has appeared in various academic journals including Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. His book (with Marvin Krohn) titled, “Handbook of Life-Course Criminology: Emerging Trends and Directions for Future Research” will be published by Springer-Verlag in 2012.

A recent study published in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education ranked Dr. Gibson as one of the most productive scholars of his rank in the U.S., measured by the number of published peer-reviewed journal article and citations, H-Index, and m-quotient. In another recent study published in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education he was ranked among the most prolific senior and lead authors in elite criminology and criminal justice journals.



(Selected Publications)

  • Gibson, Chris L. (2012). “An investigation of neighborhood context, low self-control, and violent victimization among youth.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 10, 41-63.
  • Beaver, Kevin M., Chris L. Gibson, Matt DeLisi, Michael Vaughn, and John Wright. (2012). “The interaction between neighborhood disadvantage and genetic factors in the prediction of antisocial outcomes.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 25-40.
  • Krohn, Marvin, Terence P. Thornberry, Chris L. Gibson, and Julie Baldwin. (2011). “The development and impact of self-report measures of crime and delinquency.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 26, 509-525.
  • Gibson, Chris L., Jeffrey T. Ward, John Paul Wright, Kevin M. Beaver, and Matt DeLisi. (2010). “Where does gender fit in the measurement of self-control?” Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36, 883-903.
  • Gibson, Chris L. Chris Sullivan, Shayne Jones, and Alex Piquero. (2010). “Does it take a village? Assessing neighborhood effects on children’s self-control.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 47, 31-62.
  • Gibson, Chris L., Sara Morris, and Kevin Beaver. (2009). “Secondary exposure to violence during childhood and adolescence: Does neighborhood context matter?” Justice Quarterly, 26, 30-57.
  • Gibson, Chris L., Mitch Miller, Wesley Jennings, Marc Swatt, and Angela Gover. (2009). “Using propensity score matching to assess the relationship between gang membership and violent victimization: A research note.” Justice Quarterly, 26, 625-643.
  • Gibson, Chris L., Jihong Zhao, and Nicholas Lovrich. (2002). “Paradigmatic imperfection, sociological confusion, and etiological nirvana: striking a pragmatic balance in pursuing science.” Justice Quarterly, 19, 793-808.
  • Gibson, Chris L., Jihong Zhao, Nicholas Lovrich, and Michael Gaffney. (2002).”Social integration, perceptions of collective efficacy, and fear of crime in three cities.” Justice Quarterly, 19, 537-564.
  • Gibson, Chris L., Alex Piquero, and Stephen Tibbetts. (2000). “Assessing the relationship between maternal cigarette smoking during pregnancy and age at first police contact.” Justice Quarterly, 17, 519-542.

Courses Taught:

  • CCJ 7742 – Research in Criminology, Law, and Society
  • CCJ 3701 – Research Methods in Criminology
  • CCJ 4934 – Criminal Careers

Phone: (352) 294-7172

Room: 3330

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  • Fall 2020 Virtual Hours: Tuesday 8:30am – 10:30am; Thursday 8:30am – 9:30am

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