Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Elizabeth Griffiths

Associate Professor


PhD (2007) University of Toronto


Elizabeth Griffiths received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto in 2007. Her research focuses on the diffusion of violence across space and over time, neighborhood effects, the causes and correlates of victimization risk, and the nature of disputes over which violent altercations emerge. She also studies the effects of large-scale public housing transformation on changes in crime across urban areas and the role of race and space in prosecutorial charging decisions. Dr. Griffiths’ research has appeared in Criminology, The Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Social Problems among others.

Areas of Specialization
Communities & crime
Criminological theory
GIS & spatial methodologies
Research methods

Key Publications
Griffiths, Elizabeth, Carolyn Yule and Rosemary Gartner (2011). "Fighting over Trivial Things: Explaining the Issue of Contention in Violent Altercations." Criminology 49 (1): 61-94.

Griffiths, Elizabeth and George Tita (2009). "Homicide In and Around Public Housing: Is Public Housing a Hotbed, a Magnet, or a Generator of Violence for the Surrounding Community?" Social Problems 56 (3): 474-493.

Griffiths, Elizabeth and Jorge M. Chavez (2004). "Communities, Street Guns, and Homicide Trajectories in Chicago, 1980-1995: Merging Methods for Examining Homicide Trends across Space and Time." Criminology 42 (4): 941-978.

Griffiths, Elizabeth (2011). "Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis." Pp. 442-64 in Paul Vogt and Malcolm Williams (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Innovation in Social Research Methods. London: SagePublications.


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