Lila Kazemian

Lila Kazemian

Associate Professor
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520.13, Haaren Hall


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


Lila Kazemian earned her Ph.D. at the Institute of Criminology of the University of Cambridge in 2005. She was awarded a one-year post-doctoral fellowship by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK). She joined the faculty at John Jay in the fall of 2006. She was granted tenure and promotion in 2010. Her research interests include life-course and criminal career research, desistance from crime, prisoner reentry and comparative criminology.


(Selected publications)

Edited volumes

Morizot, J. & Kazemian, L. (2015, Eds.). The Development of Criminal and Antisocial Behavior: Theory, Research and Practical Applications. New York: Springer.

Kazemian, L. & Farrington, D.P. (2007, Eds.). Special issue on desistance from crime. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 23 (1).

Peer-reviewed articles

Kazemian, L. & Travis, J. (2015). Forgotten prisoners: Imperative for inclusion of long termers and lifers in research and policy. Forthcoming in Criminology & Public Policy, 14(2), 355-395.

Kazemian, L. (2015). Conducting prison research in a foreign setting. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 4(1), 113-127.

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., 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., 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. (2007). Desistance from crime: Theoretical, empirical, methodological, and policy considerations. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 23(1), 5-27.

Kazemian, L. & Le Blanc, M. (2007). Successful criminal careers: Random occurrences or distinctive characteristics? Crime and Delinquency, 53(1), 38-63.

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.


Life-course and criminal career research
Desistance from crime
Prisoner reentry
Comparative research

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