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Chris Melde

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice


impact of violent offending and victimization on adolescent development, street gangs, reactions to victimization risk, and criminological theory

Current Research

Currently working on a multiple state project on the impact of gang desistance on adolescent development, especially as it relates to violent offending and victimization.

Selected Publications

  • Melde, Chris, Mark Berg, and Finn-Aage Esbensen. 2014. Fear, Social Interactions, and Violence Mitigation. Justice Quarterly, online first, DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2014.928348.

  • Zeoli, April M., Sue C. Grady, Jesenia M. Pizarro, and Chris Melde. 2015. Modeling the movement of homicide by type to inform public health prevention efforts. American Journal of Public Health 105(10): 2035-2041.

  • Rostami, Amir, Chris Melde, and Stefan Holgersson. 2015. The Myth of Success: The Emergence and Maintenance of a Specialized Gang Unit in Stockholm, Sweden. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice 39(3): 199- 217.

  • Coffman, Donna, Chris Melde, and Finn-Aage Esbensen. 2015. Gang membership and substance use: Guilt as a gendered causal pathway. Journal of Experimental Criminology 11: 71-95.

Government Focus

Local, National, State

Public Service

Neighborhood Stabilization and Youth Violence Initiative in Lansing, MI
Project Safe Neighborhoods Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative in Lansing, MI
National Evaluation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.)
National Evaluation of the Teens, Crime, and the Community: Community Works Program