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Criminology Explains

A New Series of Books for the Classroom from University of California Press

Each book in this pedagogically oriented series will provide a concise, targeted overview of criminology theories as applied to specific criminal justice-related subjects. The goal is to bring to life for students the relationships among theory, research, and policy. Applying different (and sometimes wildly divergent and conflicting) explanatory models to the same problem behavior highlights the similarities and differences among the theories, and allows linkages across explanatory levels and across time and geography.

Books in the series are designed to fit neatly alongside the major theory textbooks so that instructors may adopt one or more volumes as supplementary reading in criminology and criminological theory courses. In addition, each book’s topical focus makes it suitable as primary or supplementary reading in a range of standard and special-topics courses. 

Each book will feature a consistent, easy-to-follow format and will animate theoretical concepts with real-life applications to issues of crime and deviance. Each book’s style will be approachable and accessible to undergraduates and will consist of no more than 70,000 words.

Examples of proposed topics that Criminology Explains . . . 

  • Police use of force
  • Bullying
  • Substance abuse
  • Homicide
  • Racial & ethnic disparities
  • Prostitution
  • White-collar crime
  • Sexual violence
  • Cybercrime

Read more of the Proposal Guidelines and Manuscript Template. And please contact the Series Editors with questions, a brief pitch or suggestion, or to submit a formal proposal following the format in the guidelines: Robert.Brooks@worcester.edu and jwcohen2@uw.edu.

Series Editors

Series Advisory Board

  • Robert Agnew, Emory University
  • Leah Daigle, Georgia State University
  • Jeff Ferrell, Texas Christian University
  • George Higgins, University of Louisville
  • Valerie Jenness, University of California, Irvine
  • Cheryl Lero Jonson, Xavier University
  • Dawn Rothe, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Anthony Walsh, Boise State University