Lila Kazemian

Lila Kazemian

Associate Professor
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2005 PhD Criminology University of Cambridge, England
2002 MSc Criminology Université de Montréal, Canada
2001 BSc Criminology Université de Montréal, Canada


Lila Kazemian completed her doctoral studies at the Institute of Criminology of the University of Cambridge in 2005. She completed a one-year post-doctoral fellowship, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK). She joined the faculty at John Jay in the fall of 2006. Her research interests include life-course and criminal career research, desistance from crime, offender reentry and comparative criminology.


Selected publications

Kazemian, L., McCoy, C. & Sacks, M. (2013). Does law matter? An old bail law confronts the New Penology. Punishment & Society, 15(1), 43-70.

Kazemian, L. (2012). Pushing back the frontiers of knowledge on desistance from crime: Current and future directions. In R. Loeber & B. Welsh (Eds.), The Future of Criminology (pp. 134-140). New York: Oxford University Press.
Kazemian, L., Pease, K., & Farrington, D.P. (2011). DNA retention policies: The potential contribution of criminal career research. European Journal of Criminology, 8(1), 48-64.
Kazemian, L., Widom, C.S. & Farrington, D.P. (2011). A prospective examination of the relationship between childhood neglect and juvenile delinquency in the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 2(1-2), 65-82.
Kazemian, L., Cusson, M., & Le Blanc, M. (2011). Des jeunes délinquants devenus meurtriers: Une étude des carrieres criminelles des délinquants homicidaires. Revue internationale de criminologie et de police technique et scientifique, LXIV (4), 413-430.
Kazemian, L., Farrington, D.P., & Le Blanc, M. (2009). Can we make accurate long-term predictions about patterns of de-escalation in offending behavior? Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38(3), 384-400.
Kazemian, L. & Maruna, S. (2009). Desistance from crime. In M. Krohn, A.J. Lizotte, & G.P. Hall (Eds.), Handbook on Crime and Deviance (pp. 277-295). New York: Springer.
von Hirsch, A. & Kazemian, L. (2009). Predictive sentencing and selective incapacitation. In A. von Hirsch, A. Ashworth, & J. Roberts (Eds.), Principled Sentencing: Readings on Theory and Policy, 3rd edition (pp. 95-101). Oxford, England: Hart.
Kazemian, L. & Farrington, D.P. (2007, Eds.). Special issue on desistance from crime. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 23 (1).
Kazemian, L. & Le Blanc, M. (2007). Successful criminal careers: Random occurrences or distinctive characteristics? Crime and Delinquency, 53(1), 3-63.
Kazemian, L., Le Blanc, M., Farrington, D.P., & Pease, K. (2007). Patterns of residual criminal careers among a sample of adjudicated French-Canadian males. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 49(3), 307-340.
Kazemian, L. & Farrington, D.P. (2006). Exploring residual career length and residual number of offenses for two generations of repeat offenders. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 43(1), 89-113.
Kazemian, L. & Farrington, D.P. (2005). Comparing the validity of prospective, retrospective, and official onset for different offending categories. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 21(2), 127-147.
Kazemian, L. & Le Blanc, M. (2004). Exploring patterns of perpetration of crime across the life course: Offense and offender-based viewpoints. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 20(4), 393-415.


Research, Awards and Fellowships

City of Paris, Research in Paris award, Principal Investigator, A comparative study of French and American correctional systems, 2013.
Faculty Scholarly Excellence Award (John Jay College of Criminal Justice), 2012 & 2007.
Collaborative Research Award (John Jay College of Criminal Justice), 2011.
Donald E.J. MacNamara Award for Outstanding Research by Junior Faculty (John Jay College of Criminal Justice), 2008.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Post-doctoral fellowship, 2005- 2006.
National Consortium on Violence Research, National Science Foundation, Co-Principal Investigator with David Farrington, Desistance from crime, 2005.
Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC, Quebec), Ph.D. funding, 2003- 2005.
Overseas Research Student Award (ORS), Ph.D. funding, 2003- 2005.
Wakefield Scholarship (Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge), Ph.D. funding, 2003- 2005.
Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, Ph.D. funding, 2002- 2005.


Life-course and criminal career research; desistance from crime; offender reentry; comparative research.

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