University at Albany

Excellence in Research

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four faculty members received this tribute in 2005 for Excellence in Research.

Steven MessnerSteven MessnerSociology

Distinguished Teaching Professor Steven Messner of the Department of Sociology is one of the country's leading criminologists. His many contributions to the advancement of criminological theory and methodology have led to his being named a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology – the highest research honor in the field. Messner's book Crime and the American Dream (written with co-author Richard Rosenfeld), first published in 1994, is a classic. Its thesis, that the unusually high levels of crime in the United States are a direct result of the normal functioning of American society, has generated a decade of empirical work by a broad array of researchers. The book is required reading in most criminal justice curricula and has stimulated vigorous interest in cross-national crime comparisons. Messner has studied crime rates, and in particular homicide rates, at every level of aggregation, from city block to nation.

He is funded by the National Consortium on Violence Research to convene a workshop aimed at developing a framework for integrating crime data across many levels. He has published 15 articles in Criminology, the top journal in the field, as well as many articles in the top sociology journals.

Recognized for Excellence in Teaching in 1992 and Excellence in Academic Service in 1996, Messner has also published an impressive body of work with great impact on the sociological study of crime and deviance. The Social Science Citation Indexcounts more than 600 citations to his name as sole or first-listed author over his career.

Excellence in Research

Gordon G. Gallup Max Lifchitz Steven Messner Bonnie Steinbock
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