Dr. Elizabeth Griffiths
Associate Professor & PhD Program Director
Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology, University of Toronto; B.A. (First Class Honours) in Sociology, University of Calgary
Elizabeth Griffiths received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Toronto in 2007. She held a faculty position in the Department of Sociology at Emory University before moving to Rutgers University-Newark’s School of Criminal Justice in 2011. Her research focuses broadly around the influence of place on the distribution and movement of crime across space. More specifically, her work closely attends to spatiotemporal changes in the distribution of crime, refining the measurement of space and spatial influence, and delineating the implications of urban, suburban, and rural context on crime. Recently, her scholarship has begun to explore how system actors and policy officials substantively shape case processing and criminal justice outcomes. In a large, multidisciplinary, mixed-method project funded by the National Science Foundation, Dr. Griffiths examines how race, space, and geography condition the policing, prosecution, and punishment of felony drug crimes over a decade in Fulton County, Georgia.