Ashley M. Mancik

Doctoral Candidate

Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
University of Delaware



My research broadly relates to several facets of violence - the causes and correlates of violence, police response to violence, and violence reduction and prevention. I am particularly interested in variation in rates of homicide, violence, and crime clearance across time and space and how structural conditions, such as concentrated disadvantage, and social mechanisms, such as collective efficacy, contribute to these patterns.

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My dissertation assesses several prominent explanations for changes in U.S. violent crime rates since the 1960s, including the spike in violent crime in the late 1980s and the unanticipated "Great American Crime Decline" in the 1990s. Explanations considered include changes in economic conditions, family structure, age structure, immigration, incarceration, policing, drug markets, and firearm prevalence and legislation.

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Teaching qualifications and experience include courses related to: Criminal Justice, Criminology, Violence, Community Context and Crime, Policing, Research Methods, Statistics, and Measurement.


Graduate teaching interests also include advanced statistics courses such as longitudinal modeling, structural equation modeling, and discrete outcomes regression.

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What students are saying...

The interaction between the instructor and the students helped me feel comfortable in asking any questions or voicing my opinion. The use of methods alternative to just lecturing (such as documentaries, guest speakers, etc.) helped me learn in a more applicable way.

-Student in Introduction to Criminal Justice (Spring 2017)

What students are saying

I have certainly learned a great deal about the CJS in this class and all the flaws associated with it...It certainly gave me an idea for a possible career choice - criminal justice reform.

-Student in Introduction to Criminal Justice (Spring 2017)

What students are saying

This class solidified a lot of what I already believed and actually gave me a factual basis for what was primarily emotionally based. It did humanize crime for me in a lot of ways. As someone who tends to focus on law and policy, seeing how much more there is to the CJS than that was eye opening.

-Student in Introduction to Criminal Justice (Spring 2017)

News and Announcements

Ashley has accepted a tenure track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina to begin Fall 2018.

Proposed dissertation research wins University of Delaware Office of Graduate and Professional Education Dissertation Fellowship Award (2017-2018)

Master's Thesis wins Richard Block Award for Outstanding Thesis Research (2015)

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