Professor and Chairperson
Department of Sociology and Criminology

Outstanding University Research Award Winner, 2008


Social Inequality (SOC 3900, PJ 5000)

Perspectives on U.S. Poverty (SOC 2950, PJ 5200)

The Social Safety Net (SOC 3900)

U.S. Society in Critical Perspective (SOC 4000)

Statistics and Probability

Selected Publications

 Hannon, Lance and Robert DeFina. "The Reliability of Same-Race and Cross-Race Skin Tone Judgements." Race and Social Problems Forthcoming.

DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon, "Deunionization and Drug Death Rates." Social Currents 6: 4-13 (2019)

McCorkel, Jill and Robert DeFina, "Beyond Recidivism: Identifying the Lberatiry Possiblities of Prison Higher Education." Critical Education  10: 1-17 (2019)

Kramer, Rory, Robert DeFina, and Lance Hannon. “Racial Rigidity in the United States: A Comment on Saperstein and Penner.” American Journal of Sociology 122 (2016).

DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon. “Social Status Attainment and Racial Category Selection in the Contemporary United States.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 44: 91-97  (2016)

Hannon, Lance and Robert DeFina. “Can Incarceration Really Strip People of Racial Privilege?” Sociological Science 3: 190-201 (2016).

Hannon, Lance and Robert DeFina. “Reliability Concerns in Measuring Respondent Skin Tone by Interviewer Observation.” Public Opinion Quarterly 80: 534-541 (2016).

DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon. "The Changing Relationship Between Unemployment and Suicide." Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior  2:217-29 (2015)

 Hannon, Lance, Robert DeFina and Sarah Bruch. "The Relationship Between Skin Tone and School Suspension for African Americans," Race and Social Problems, 5, 281-295 (2013). 

Carlino, Gerald, Robert DeFina and Keith Sill. "The Long and Large Decline in State Employment Growth Volatility," Journal of Money Credit and Banking, 45, 521-534 (2013).

DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon. "The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Poverty,"  Crime and Delinquency, 59, 562-586 (2013).

Hannon, Lance and Robert DeFina. "Sowing the Seeds: How Adult Incarceration Promotes Juvenile Delinquency," Crime, Law and Social Change, 57, 475-491 (2012).

DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon. "The Legacy of Black Lynching and Contemporary Segregation in the South,"  The Review of Black Political Economy, 38,165–181 (2011).

Viglione, Jill. Lance Hannon and Robert DeFina. "The Impact of Light Skin on Prison Time for Black Female Offenders," Social Science Journal, 48, 250-258 (2011) .

DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon. "Increasing Diversity and the Future of U.S. Housing Segregation," Neighborhood and Life Chances: How Place Matters in Modern America, Harriet Newburger, Eugenie Birch and Susan Wachter, eds. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press) (2011).

DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon. “For Incapacitation, There is No Time Like the Present: The Lagged Effects of Prisoner Reentry on Property and Violent Crime Rates,” Social Science Research, 39, 1004-1014 (2010).

Hannon, Lance and Robert DeFina. "The State of the Economy and the Relationship Between Prisoner Reentry and Crime," Social Problems, 57, 611-629 (2010).

DeFiina, Robert and Lance Hannon. “The Impact of Adult Incarceration on Child Poverty: A County-level Analysis, 1995-2007," The Prison Journal, 90: 377-396 (2010).

DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon. "Diversity, Racial Threat and Metropolitan Housing Segregation,"Social Forces, 88: 373-394 (2009).

DeFina, Robert. "The Impact of State Minimum Wages on Child Poverty in Female-Headed Families," Journal of Poverty, 12: 155-174 (2008).

DeFina, Robert. "A Comparison of Poverty Trends and Policy Impacts for Working Families Using Different Poverty Indexes," Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, 32: 129-148 (2007).

Arvanites, Thomas and Robert DeFina. "Business Cycles and Street Crime," Criminology, 44: 139-164 (2006).


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