Erika Gebo, PhD

Professor & Chair, Sociology and Criminal Justice

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On Sabbatical Spring 2021


Professor Gebo believes in active scholarly engagement with students and with the wider community. She does so through funded grant work on issues related to youth justice and assistance to communities responding to youth violence. Where possible, students are brought into research projects in order to engage more directly with the topic under study. Her current research examines community responses to serious youth violence. She also is interested in how institutions, such as schools and community agencies, can inhibit or promote delinquent and gang behavior and the policy implications derived from that.


  • 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).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bond, Brenda J. and Erika Gebo. (2014). “Comparing the Implementation of a Best Practice Crime Policy across Cities.” Administration & Society, 46: 371-394.
  • 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.
  • Tobin, Kimberly, and Erika Gebo. (2008). “Assessing Student Learning and Undergraduate Effectiveness through a Comprehensive Exam.” Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society, 21: 223-238.
  • 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.

Book Chapters

  • Gebo, Erika, Brenda J. Bond and Krystal S. Campos*. (2015) The OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Strategy: The Comprehensive Gang Model. In S. H. Decker & D.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

Applied Grant-Supported Research Reports

  • 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)
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Office Hours

    Tuesday 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

    Wednesday 11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

    Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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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)