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Dr. Gipsy Escobar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and a faculty member of the Graduate School at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Escobar received her Ph.D. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Before her employment with Loyola University, Dr. Escobar worked at the John Jay College Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation. Some of the projects in which she was involved included an examination of the case processing of domestic violence cases in New York City; an examination of the case processing of sex offenses in New York State; an evaluation of a juvenile justice reentry program focused on juveniles with mental health problems in New York City; and an evaluation of a school-based gang prevention program in New Jersey. She also provided technical assistance to agencies such as the New York Department of Juvenile Justice, the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and the Center for Court Innovation.
Dr. Escobar has also conducted research on social disorganization, violent and drug crime, and collective violence in Colombia; the multilevel risk factors for prisoner recidivism in Illinois; and on gender differences in disciplinary infractions in prison settings in Illinois. Her research interests include the spatial study of social disorganization and crime in urban settings, social capital, violent crime, collective violence, domestic violence, recidivism, quantitative and spatial methods, and evaluation research.
Recent publications include:
Escobar, G. (2012). Using Social Disorganization Theory to Understand the Spatial Distribution of Homicides in Bogota, Colombia. Revista del Instituto de la Vivienda 27(74):21-86, Universidad de Chile.
Escobar, G. (2011). Colombia: Crime Trends, Criminal Justice, and Criminology in a Society in Turmoil. In C.J. Smith, S. Zhang, & R. Barberet (Eds.). Routledge Handbook of International Criminology. New York, NY: Routledge.
Escobar, G. (2011). Drug Violence in Colombia. In C.J. Smith, S. Zhang, & R. Barberet (Eds.). Routledge Handbook of International Criminology. New York, NY: Routledge.
Olson, D., G. Escobar & L. Stalans (2011). An Examination of Admissions, Exits and End-of-the-Year Populations of Adult Female Inmates in the Illinois Department of Corrections, State Fiscal Years 1989 to 2011. Prepared for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. Grant # 06-DJ-BX-0681 awarded to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.
CRMJ 201 – Theories of Criminal Behavior
CRMJ 370 – Women in the Criminal Justice System
CRMJ 378/416 – International Criminal Justice
CRMJ 402 – Theories of Criminal Behavior (graduate level)
CRMJ 407 – Criminal Justice Statistics