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Tcherni, Maria (full)
Assistant Professor
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences
Criminal Justice
South Campus Hall
Academic Credentials


    Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, University at Albany, SUNY, 2011

    M.S. in Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 2002

    B.A./M.A. in Psychology, Moscow State University (Russia), 1998

    Recently Published Books and Articles

    Tcherni, M. (2011). Structural determinants of homicide: The Big Three. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 27(4), 475-496.DOI: 10.1007/s10940-011-9134-x

    Tcherni, M. (2011). The value of human life: An individual-level determinant of violence. (Doctoral Dissertation). State University of New York at Albany. 180 pages; 3454530

    Lansing, S., & Tcherni, M. (2009). Alternative Sentencing Programs Funded by the New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives: Program Evaluation Study. Confidential Internal Report of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

    Fox, J. A., & Tcherni, M. (2003). Randomized response. In M. Lewis-Beck (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. Sage Publications.


    Dr. Tcherni's research interests focus on structural causes of violence and homicide: poverty, education, and family structure, as well as the interplay of these factors with risky behaviors, child abuse and neglect, mental health issues, and life valuation. She is also interested in developing and testing criminological theories to uncover hidden forces behind the observable crime trends and patterns.