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Dr. Michael Turner is a criminologist who teaches courses in Criminological Theory, Juvenile Justice, and Research Methods at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In terms of his research interests, he has published articles and received grants to fund his research in three broad areas.The first area of research involves testing criminological theories. He has published several articles testing different criminological theories but has focused most of his energies understanding the development and nature of self-control. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, he has contributed to our understanding of the various sources of the development of one’s self-control as well as the nature of how self-control changes (or does not) over the life course. More recently, he has worked on a project to understand cheating behaviors of college students from a Rational Choice perspective.
A second area of research involves understanding college campus-related risky behaviors. He has published several articles related to understanding the nature and extent of sexual victimization as it occurs on college campuses. More recently, he has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement and evaluate an educational intervention to reduce the rate of binge drinking on college campuses.
Finally, a third area of research involves understanding resiliency and desistance from delinquency and crime. Again, using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, he has published work which has documented the importance of the accumulation of protection over the life course. More recently, he has embarked on understanding the importance of how protection varies across categories of race and sex to instigate resiliency.