Charis Kubrin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from Charis E. Kubrin)
Charis Kubrin
EducationSmith College (B.A.), University of Washington (M.A., Ph.D.)[1]
ChildrenOne son
Awards(2005) Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology
(2014) Dean’s Diversity Research Award from the University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology
(2017) W.E.B. DuBois Award from the Western Society of Criminology.
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Irvine
ThesisNeighborhood structure and criminal homicide: socio-economic and demographic correlates of homicide types and trends (2000)

Charis Elizabeth Kubrin is an American criminologist and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

Education and career[edit]

After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2000, Kubrin taught at George Washington University for 11 years; she left George Washington University for UCI in the summer of 2011.[2] In 2016, she and her UCI colleague Carroll Seron served as editors of a special issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science about prison realignment in California.[3]


Kubrin's research focuses on, among other topics, the relationship between race, violence, and social disorganization theory. She has also researched the perception of rap music as violent and dangerous, as well as whether a rapper's music can be used as evidence against him in a court of law.[4][5][6][7] With Graham Ousey, she has also studied the relationship between immigration and crime in the United States, finding that immigration is related to lower rates of crime and violence in U.S. neighborhoods.[8] Kubrin has stated that the Public Safety Realignment initiative was not a factor in the 2019 California stabbing rampage.[9]


  1. ^ "Charis Kubrin". Crime & Justice Research Alliance. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Charis Kubrin". Research Profiles. University of California. January 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  3. ^ Wheeling, Kate (24 February 2016). "California's Criminal Justice Experiment". Pacific Standard. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  4. ^ Puente, Kelly (28 December 2015). "UC Irvine hip-hop professor seeks poetic justice". Orange County Register. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  5. ^ Donaghue, Erin (12 March 2014). "Should rap lyrics be allowed as evidence in the courtroom?". CBS News. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  6. ^ Ellement, John R. (19 June 2015). "Boston gang used online videos for threats, FBI says". Boston Globe. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  7. ^ Lithwick, Dahlia (6 December 2014). "Amicus: Rapper's Intent". Slate.
  8. ^ Kubrin, Charis (2017-02-07). "Immigrants Do Not Increase Crime, Research Shows". Scientific American.
  9. ^ Miriam Hernandez (10 August 2019). "Criminal record of 'violent' O.C. stabbing suspect under scrutiny after he was released from prison". ABC 7 News. Retrieved 12 August 2019. But a scholar of AB 109's impact disputes DaRae's claims. "AB 109 did not give Zachary Castaneda early release...this would have happened without AB 109 in place," said UC Irvine criminology professor Charis Kubrin.

External links[edit]