Ashley M. Mancik

Doctoral Candidate

University of Delaware

Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice


Doctoral Candidate. Criminologist. Life-Long Learner. 

Ashley M. Mancik is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware, expected to graduate in May 2018 with her Ph.D. in Criminology. She has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina to begin August 2018. Her research interests include structural predictors of homicide and violence, police response to crime (particularly in the form of clearance rates), crime trends, and quantitative methodology. Drawing on these interests, her dissertation research uses meta-analytic techniques to systematically review the violent crime trends literature. Specifically, her research identifies the relative importance of common explanations, such as economic conditions, immigration, policing, and incarceration, on temporal trends in violence, while also assessing the impact of methodological variation, such as unit of analysis, variable measurement, and model specification, on results. 

Ashley has been awarded several honors and fellowships, including the DuPont Scholar's Award from the University of Delaware's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, the Richard Block Award from the Homicide Research Working Group for outstanding thesis research, a Doctoral Summit Scholarship to participate in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences' 2017 annual meeting and doctoral summit, and a Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Delaware's Office of Graduate and Professional Education for her proposed dissertation research. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Social Science Research, Homicide Studies, and Criminal Justice Review and has been presented at a variety of national and regional conferences. Other written contributions have been presented to stakeholders, including County and Federal Executives, and published in FBI Law Enforcement Bulletins and educational book chapters. 

Ashley earned her Master's degree in Criminology from the University of Delaware and her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia. She has worked in several criminal justice agencies and organizations dedicated to addressing crime and justice, including a federal law enforcement agency, a District Attorney's Office, for a Superior Court Judge, as a researcher in a homicide research center, and as a research assistant at the University of Delaware's Center for Drug and Health Studies. When Ashley is not working she enjoys watching college football (GO DAWGS!), running, trying out new recipes, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Ashley has lived in locations across the United States including - Hawaii, Texas, Oregon, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota, Washington, D.C., and Delaware - and is excited for her next home and adventure in Columbia, South Carolina!