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Jesenia Pizarro-Terrill

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Associate Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4420
Biography

Jesenia M. Pizarro earned a PhD in 2005 from Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, and is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in Arizona State University. Her research focus on the importance of understanding the proximal event and situational factors that result in violence (i.e., the who, where, when, and why). In doing this, she examines violence, more notably homicide, through the lens of theories of crime, and how various contextual factors come together in time and place to result in a homicide event. This involves examining how macro, micro, and situational factors, when combined, precipitate a homicide. Her research also examines the effect the homicide situational context has on the social reaction of practitioners and other social actors.

While her research focus centers on violence, she also studies the politics of punishment and the criminology of micro places.  Her corrections work has focused on the administration and use of administrative segregation units throughout the country's state correctional systems. Her crime and micro places has focused on the distribution of disorders that can impede the development of healthy neighborhoods. 

Throughout her career Professor Pizarro has worked with various police departments throughout the country in joints efforts to curb violence. Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and Homicide Studies.

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602-796-0045
Education

2005                Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Rutgers University-Newark, School of Criminal Justice.

2002                M.A., Criminal Justice, Rutgers University-Newark, School of Criminal Justice.

2000                B.S., Criminal Justice (Honors), Rutgers University-Newark.

Research Interests

Homicide, Violence, Criminological Theory, Correcton's Policy

Publications

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Research Activity

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Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 225Introduction to Criminology
CRJ 505Thry & Prac Criminal Justice
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 225Introduction to Criminology
CRJ 505Thry & Prac Criminal Justice
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 225Introduction to Criminology
CRJ 505Thry & Prac Criminal Justice
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 494Special Topics
CRJ 520Seminar on Violent Crime
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CRJ 505Thry & Prac Criminal Justice
Presentations

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Honors / Awards
  • Athena Young Professional Leadership Award (2015)
Editorships

Editorial Boards:

Criminal Justice Studies; Race and Justice

Professional Associations
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Homicide Research Working Group
Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Students Advised

Ph.D. Dissertation Committees:

Michael Rossler (Member). “Environment and Citizen Resistance of Police Coercive Authority:Application of Defiance and Social Disorganization Theories.” Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, May 2015.

Rachel A. Johansen (Outside Reader). “The Effects of Urban Greening in Flint, MI: The   Politics of Justice and Scale.” Michigan State University, Sociology Department, May 2015.

Raymund Espinosa Narag (Member). “Mitigating Crime in a Slum Community: Understanding    the Role of Social Structures, Social Processes, and Community Culture in a Neighborhood  Intervention Program.” Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice May 2013.      

Eric Lesneskie (Outside Reader). “Homicide in the Projects: An Analysis of the Effect of Public Housing on Lethal Violence.” Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice May 2013.          

Masters Thesis Committees:

Pelletier, Karissa (Chair). “Motivation to Kill: The Relationship between Motive and Weapon Choice in Homicides.” Arizona State University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, May 2017.

Weldon, Shelby (Member). “Intimate Partner Violence: Examining Educational Programs & Relationship Length.” Arizona State University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, August 2016.

Keiondra Grace (Member). “Black Female Victimization Matters:  A Multiracial Feminist Approach to Violent Victimization.” Michigan State University, School of Criminal Justice, December 2015.

Brandon Turchan (Member). “Handgun Carrying Permits:  A Reaction to Local Violent Crime and Nationally Publicized Mass Murders?” Michigan State University, School of Criminal Justice, August 2014.

Alison Colby (Member). “Sorry this Bus is Not in Service: Public Transportation Accessibility as a Source of Recidivism Risk in Rural Areas.” Michigan State University, School of Criminal Justice, December 2013.

Chae Mamayek (Chair). “Examining the Relationship between Weather and Disaggregated Homicide Types.” Michigan State University, School of Criminal Justice, August 2013.

Lauren E. Healey (Chair). “The Relationship between Diet and Aggression in Adolescents.” Michigan State University, School of Criminal Justice, August 2012.

Sarah Thomasma (Member). “A Comparison of Trace DNA Collection Techniques from Worn and Handled Clothing.” Michigan State University, School of Criminal Justice, August 2012.

Jennifer J. Adams (Chair). “Patterns of Specialization and Escalation in Criminal Careers of Gang and Nongang Homicide Offenders.” Michigan State University, School of Criminal Justice, August 2011. 

Chelsea Breanne Diem (Member). “Evaluating and Intensive Supervision Probation Program in a College City: Revisiting the Debate between Rehabilitation and Control.” Michigan State University, School of Criminal Justice, May 2011. 

Raymond Espinosa Narag (Member). “Criminal Victimization in the Philippines: A Test of Lifestyle Exposure, Routine Activities, and Social Disorganization Theories.” Michigan State University, School of Criminal Justice, May 2007. 

Undergraduate Honors Thesis:

Anastacia Garcia-Johnson. “Law Enforcement Use of Force: An Analysis of Literature in Criminal Justice and Psychology.” Arizona State University, Barrett Honors College, May 2017. 

Work History

2016-Present   Associate Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University.

2012-2015        Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University.

2006-2012        Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University

2005-2006        Visiting Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University.

1999-2005        Research Assistant, Greater Newark Safer Cities Initiative, Police Institute, Rutgers University.

2001                 Research Assistant, Bradley Project, Police Foundation.

1999-2000        Research Assistant, Community Policing and Crime Victims Study, Police Foundation.

1998-1999        Research Assistant, Jersey City Crime Displacement Project, Police Foundation.

 

 

Service

Departmental

2016-Present Member: Graduate Committee, Arizona State University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Institutional

2017-Present   Member: University Research and Creative Activities Committee, Arizona State University.

2017-Present   Member: College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Committee on Campus Inclusion, Arizona State University.

2017-Present   Member: College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Arizona State University.

2017-Present   Member: University Hearing Board, Arizona State University.

2016-2017  Member: College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Academic Grievance Committee, Arizona State University.

Community

2017-Present    Member:  Valley Interfaith Project (VIP).

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