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StevenMessnerSteven F.  Messner

Distinguished Teaching Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology

Expertise: Homicide; violent crime; crime in China.

Campus phone: (518) 442-4674
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Steven F. Messner received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University and his master's degree and doctorate in sociology from Princeton University. He has taught at Columbia University and Nankai University (China). His research has focused primarily on the relationship between social organization and crime, with a particular emphasis on criminal homicide. He has also studied the spatial patterning of violent crime, crime in China, and the situational dynamics of violence.