Shea W. Cronin

Professor Shea W. CroninAssistant Professor of Criminal Justice

PhD, American University
BS, Northeastern University

Dr. Cronin received his PhD in Justice, Law, and Society from American University, School of Public Affairs. His dissertation research examined political explanations of neighborhood-level arrest rates in an urban police agency. Cronin’s research interests include the administration of criminal justice, communities and crime, policing, and issues of democratic accountability. His research has been published in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and other academic journals. He teaches in the graduate and undergraduate criminal justice programs at MET, including courses in criminology, criminal justice, policing, communities and crime, and analytic methods. Before his appointment at Boston University, Cronin taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Scholarly Works

Published Articles

Cronin, S., Farrell, A., and Pennington, L. “Juror Perceptions of the Legitimacy of Legal Authorities and Decision Making in Criminal Cases.” Law & Social Inquiry 38, no. 4 (Fall 2013): 773–802.

Kane, Robert J., and Shea Cronin. “Maintaining Order Under the Rule of Law: Occupational Templates and Police Use of Force.” Journal of Crime and Justice no. 3 (2011).

“Understanding the Temporal Dynamics of Police Organizational Responses to Crime.” Proc. Annual Meeting of American Society of Criminology (San Francisco, Calif., 2010).

Cronin, S., and A. Farrell. “Innovation in Law Enforcement Responses to ‘New Crimes’: The Case of Human Trafficking.” Proc. Annual Meeting of American Society of Criminology (San Francisco, Calif., 2010).

Kane, Robert J., and Shea Cronin. “Associations between Order-Maintenance Policing and Violent Crime: Considering the Mediating Effects of Residential Context.” Crime & Delinquency (2009).

Braga, Anthony, Glen Pierce, Jack McDevitt, Brenda Bond, and Shea Cronin. “The Strategic Prevention of Gang Violence Among Gang-Involved Offenders.” Justice Quarterly 15, no. 1 (2008): 132.

Gueorguieva, Vassia, Jean Accius, Carmen Apaza, Lamar Bennett, Shea Cronin, and Panote Preechyanud. “The Program Assessment Rating Tool and the Government Performance and Results Act: Evaluating Conflicts and Disconnections.” The American Review of Public Administration 39 (2009): 225-245. Originally published online June 2008 as doi: 10.1177/0275074008319218.

Cronin, Shea, Jack McDevitt, Amy Farrell, and Jim Nolan. “Bias Crime Reporting: Organizational Responses to Ambiguity, Uncertainty, and Infrequency.” American Behavioral Scientist 51, no. 2 (2007): 213-231.

Nolan, Jim, Shea Cronin, Jack McDevitt, and Amy Farrell. “Learning to See Hate Crimes: A Framework for Understanding and Clarifying Ambiguities in Bias Crime Classification.” The Justice Professional 17, no. 1 (2004): 91-105.

Presentations/Lectures

“Using 3-1-1 Calls to Examine Neighborhood-Level Explanations of Social Control.” Annual Conference of the American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C., November 16–19, 2011. Co-presented with Moreau, J.

“Roundtable Discussant: Police Use of Force: Various Perspectives from a Special Issue of the Journal of Crime & Justice.” Annual Conference of the American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C., November 16–19, 2011.