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Wesley G. Jennings

Wesley G. Jennings

Wesley G. Jennings, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences in the Department of Criminology and has a Courtesy Appointment in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida.  He received his doctorate degree in criminology from the University of Florida.  He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 50 encyclopedia entries/book chapters/other publications, and he has been a contributor/presenter on over 70 conference presentations.  His h-index is 23 (i-index of 49), and he has over 1,650 citations to his published work.  He was recently recognized as the #1 criminologist in the world (at his previous rank of Assistant Professor: Copes et al., JCJE, 2013) and the #3 criminologist in the world across all ranks in terms of his peer-reviewed scholarly publication productivity in the top criminology and criminal justice journals (Cohn & Farrington, JCJE, in press).  He is also the author (with David Farrington & Alex Piquero)of a recently published, academic press book with Springer, Offending from childhood to late middle age: Recent results from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development, and is the author (with Jennifer Reingle) of a recently published textbook with Wolters Kluwer, Criminological and Criminal Justice Research Methods.His major research interests include longitudinal data analysis, semi-parametric group-based modeling, sex offending, gender, race/ethnicity, and the victim-offender overlap.  In addition, he is a member of the American Society of Criminology, a Lifetime Member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and a member of both the Midwestern and the Southern Criminal Justice Associations.