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Ekaterina Botchkovar

Undergraduate Program Director; Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Ekaterina Botchkovar’s research interests include global criminology and criminological theory testing. A key aspect of Professor Botchkovar’s research is understanding the role of cultural context in shaping crime and criminal behavior. Specifically, many of her studies focus on the causes of crime and criminal decision-making from a cross-cultural, comparative standpoint. They utilize a variety of criminological theories to investigate how personal characteristics, social environment (e.g. friends or neighborhood characteristics) and cultural contexts shape individual behavior and affect decisions to become involved in crime.

One of Professor Botchkovar’s current research project centers on the ongoing war in Ukraine. The project seeks to understand the effects of long-term exposure to the war on changes in attitudes, mental health, and various types of illegal behaviors.

Professor Botchkovar publishes in the top journals in the fields of criminology and sociology. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Social Forces, and British Journal of Criminology.


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  • Northeastern University Humanities Center Fellow, 2019-2020
  • George Soros Fellowship, 1999-2000


  • Hughes, L.A., Antonaccio, O. & Botchkovar, E.V. The Crime of Animal Abuse in Two Nonwestern Cities: Prevalence, Perpetrators, and Pathways. J Quant Criminal 36, 67–94 (2020).
  • Mackenzie Kushner, Ekaterina Botchkovar, Olena Antonaccio & Lorine Hughes (2020) Exploring Vulnerability to Deviant Coping among Victims of Crime in Two Post-Soviet Cities, Justice Quarterly,
  • Antonaccio O, Botchkovar EV, Hughes LA. Ecological Determinants of Situated Choice in Situational Action Theory: Does Neighborhood Matter? Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. 2017;54(2):208-243.
  • Lorine A Hughes, Ekaterina V Botchkovar, James F Short, Jr., “Bargaining with Patriarchy” and “Bad Girl Femininity”: Relationship and Behaviors among Chicago Girl Gangs, 1959–62, Social Forces, Volume 98, Issue 2, December 2019, Pages 493–517.
  • Ekaterina V Botchkovar, Olena Antonaccio, Lorine A Hughes, Neighbourhood Disorder, Collective Sentiments and Personal Strain: Bringing Neighbourhood Context Into General Strain Theory, The British Journal of Criminology, Volume 58, Issue 2, March 2018, Pages 455–477.


  • Education

    PhD, 2005, Sociology, North Carolina State University

  • Contact

  • Address

    425 Churchill Hall
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115


Course catalog
  • Provides detailed coverage of theoretical criminology and its implications for public policy. Approaches the understanding of crime from an interdisciplinary perspective, with special attention given to recent theoretical developments. Emphasizes evaluating theory in light of empirical research, understanding the implications of theory and research for programs and policies of crime prevention and control, and evaluating current approaches to crime prevention and control.

  • Examines the topics of femininities and masculinities and their influence on participants in the criminal justice system. Also explores topics such as gender and criminological theory; the notion of gender and offending; women and men as victims of violence; and women and men as professionals within the criminal justice system. CRIM 4010 and WMNS 4010 are cross-listed.

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