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Matthew Kafafian

Criminology and Justice Policy, PhD

Matthew Kafafian is a doctoral student at Northeastern University. He received his Bachelors of Arts at West Virginia University in Criminology with a minor in Political Science and his Master’s of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. Matthew’s research interests primarily focus on human trafficking, victimization, criminological theory, and international and comparative research. He is a member of the Institute of Race and Justice where he previously has served as one of the primary research assistants on a National Institute of Justice-funded project which focused on better understanding law enforcement’s response to and identification of human trafficking victims. Currently, he serves as a primary research assistant on a project aiming to better understand youth at high risk of sex trafficking. His assistantships have provided him with opportunities to carry out both qualitative and quantitative research. While on these projects he has carried out qualitative interviews with law enforcement, local stakeholders, and other government officials working on the issue of human trafficking. Moreover, these assistantships has also given him experience overseeing and active participation in data collection efforts and subsequent quantitative data analyses for these projects as well.

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Publications

  • Kafafian, M., Botchkovar, K., & Marshall, I H. (2021). Morality, Self-Control, and School Context: Additional Evidence on Situational Action Theory from 28 Countries. Forthcoming at Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
  • Farrell, A., Dank, M., Kafafian, M., Lockwood, S., Pfeffer, R., Hughes, A., & Vincent, K. (2019). Capturing human trafficking victimization through crime reporting. Washington, DC: US Department of Justice.
  • Farrell, A., Dank, M., de Vries, I., Kafafian, M., Hughes, A., & Lockwood, S. (2019). Failing victims? Challenges of the police response to human trafficking. Criminology & Public Policy, 18(3), 649-673.
  • De Vries, I., Kafafian, M., Goggin, K., Bouchard, E., Goldfarb, S., & Farrell, A. (2020). Enhancing the identification of commercial sexual exploitation among a population of high-risk youths using predictive regularization models. Child maltreatment, 25(3), 318-327.

Presentations

  • De Vries, I., Kafafian, M., & Farrell, A. (2019). Enhancing the identification of commercial sexual exploitation among a population of high-risk youths using predictive regularization models. American Society of Criminology.

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