Erika Gebo, PhD

Professor, Sociology & Criminal Justice

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On leave, fall 2021


Professor Gebo believes in active scholarly engagement with the wider community and with students. She does so through a multidisciplinary lens and funded grant work on issues related to youth justice and assistance to communities responding to violence. Where possible, students are brought into research projects in order to engage more directly with the topic under study. Her current research is conducted in collaboration with communities engaged in preventing and intervening in violence. She also is interested in how institutions, such as schools and community agencies, can inhibit or promote delinquent and gang behavior as well as the victim-offender overlap. Important in those lines of research are implications for practice and policy.


  • PhD, University of New Hampshire
  • MA, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • BA, Seton Hall University

Research Interests

  • Youth Violence and Youth Justice
  • Crime and Justice-Related Community Initiatives
  • Policy and Evaluation



  • Gebo, Erika and Boyes-Watson, Carolyn. (2017). Youth, Crime, & Justice. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Gebo, Erika and Brenda J. Bond, Eds. (2012). Looking Beyond Suppression: Community Responses to Gang Violence. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. Paperback (2014).

Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Gebo, Erika & Brenda J. Bond. (2019). Improving Interorganizational Collaborations: An Application in a Violence Reduction Context. The Social Science Journal.
  • Gebo, Erika. (2016) An Integrated Public Health and Criminal Justice Approach to Gangs: What Can Research Tell Us? Preventive Medicine Reports, 4, 376-380.
  • Gebo, Erika and Brenda J. Bond. (2016). Comparing Determinants of Effective Collaboration in a Comprehensive Crime Reduction Initiative. Journal of Policy Practice, 15, 212-232.
  • Gebo, Erika and Christopher J. Sullivan. (2014). A Statewide Comparison of Gang and Non-Gang Youth in Public Schools. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 6, 191-208.
  • Gebo, Erika, Carolyn Boyes-Watson, and Sayra Pinto-Wilson. (2010). Reconceptualizing Organizational Change in the Comprehensive Gang Model. Journal of Criminal Justice, 38, 166-173.
  • Gebo, Erika and Maureen Norton-Hawk. (2009). Criminal Records and Private Employers. Justice Policy Journal, 6, 1-29.
  • Gebo, Erika. (2007). A Family Affair: The Juvenile Court and Family Violence Cases. Journal of Family Violence, 22, 501-509.
  • Gebo, Erika, Nena Stracuzzi, and Valerie Hurst. (2006). Juvenile Justice Reform and the Courtroom Workgroup: Issues of Perception and Workload. Journal of Criminal Justice, 34, 425-433.

Selected Book Chapters

  • Gebo, Erika. (2018). Gangs and gang violence. In A. Javier Triviño (Ed.). The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems. New York: Cambridge.
  • Gebo, Erika, Brenda J. Bond and Krystal S. Campos*. (2015). The OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Strategy: The Comprehensive Gang Model. In Scott H. Decker & David C. Pyrooz (Eds.) Handbook of Gangs and Gang Responses. New York: Wiley.
  • Gebo, Erika, Ellen Foley, and Laurie Ross. (2014). Chapter 27: Preventing Gang Violence. In Peter J. Donnelly and Catherine L. Ward (Eds.). Oxford Textbook of Violence Prevention: Epidemiology, Evidence, & Policy. London, UK: Oxford.

*Graduate Student

Selected Policy and Research Reports

  • Gebo, Erika. (2019). Address victimization to reduce violence. Cambridge, MA: Scholars Strategy Network.
  • Gebo, Erika, Carolyn Boyes-Watson, and David Parilla, Jr.* (2014). Positive Youth Development, Social, Capital, and The Tri-City Shannon Initiative. Boston, MA; Suffolk University, Sociology Department.
  • Gebo, Erika, Brenda J. Bond, and Krystal Campos. (2012). Final Report of the Anti-Gang and Youth Violence Action Research Collaboration with the City of Boston. Boston, MA: Suffolk University, Sociology Department.

*Graduate Student

Current Grant Support

  • Comprehensive Gang Model Evaluation: Integrating Research Into Practice (National Institute of Justice)
  • Community-Based Crime Reduction Initiative (Boston Public Health Commission, Department of Justice)
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Courses Taught

  • Juvenile Justice (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Seminar in Crime and Justice
  • Street Gangs
  • Research Methods (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Statistics (undergraduate and graduate)