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Simon Singer

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Professor Singer’s scholarship focuses on adolescent offender and juvenile justice. His most recent book, America’s Safest City: Delinquency and Modernity in Suburbia (New York University Press, 2014), won the American Society of Criminology’s 2015 Michael J. Hindelang Book Award for the most valuable contribution to research in criminology. His earlier book, Recriminalizing Delinquency: Violent Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice Reform (Cambridge University Press, 1996), won the American Sociological Association’s 1999 Albert J. Reiss Distinguished Scholar Award in crime, law, and deviance. He has received grants from the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. His current book project is on juveniles lifers in America’s criminal justice system.

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  • Robert Sheehan Excellence in Teaching Award, Northeastern University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2020.
  • “America’s Safest City” received the American Society of Criminology’s top book award, the 2015 Michael J. Hindelang Book Award for “the Most Outstanding Contribution to Research in Criminology.” It also was one of seven books to receive the 2016 Prose Award from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division.
  • Albert J. Reiss, Jr. Distinguished Scholar Award, American Sociological Association, Crime, Law, and Deviance Section, 1999.
  • Fellow, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, 1995-1996.
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Institute of Criminology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 1988-1989.
  • Senior Fellowship, Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, Albany, New York, 1983-1984.

Recent Publications 

  • “Suburbia’s Delinquent Street Cultures.” Simon I. Singer 2021. In  Handbook on Street Culture. I. Ross.  (Ed.) New York, Routledge
  • “The Right to a Good Defense: Investigating the Influence of Attorney Type Across Urban Counties for Juveniles in Criminal Court.” Zane, S., Singer, S.I. Welsh, B. 2021. Criminal Justice Policy Review
  • “Juvenile Delinquency in International Context.”  Neissl, K. and  Singer, S.I. 2020. The Oxford Encyclopedia of International Criminology
  • “Discretionary Release Practices for Juveniles Facing Life.”  Stuti Kokkalera and Simon I. Singer. 2020 In Sentencing Policies and Practices in the 21st Century. C. Spohn and P. Brennan (eds.) New York: Routledge, Pp. 129-151
  • “Crime and Safety in Suburbia.” Simon I. Singer and Kevin Drakulich. 2019. Annual Review of Criminology 2:147-165
  • “A Local and Universal Criminology of Modernity: A Response to Comments on America’s Safest City.” Simon I. Singer. 2017. Crime, Law and Social Change 67:517-23.
  • “Adolescent Precursors of White- Collar Crime.” Simon I. Singer. 2016. In Oxford Handbook of White-Collar Crime,  Shanna Van Slyke, Michael Benson, and Francis T. Cullen (Editors). Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199925513.013.11


  • Education

    Ph.D., 1980, Sociology
    University of Pennsylvania

  • Contact

  • Address

    427 Churchill Hall
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

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