Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology


Deborah Baskin, PhD

Title/s: Professor

Specialty Area: Serious juvenile offending; exposure to violence; community and crime; psychopathology and crime; drugs and violence; women’s involvement in violent street crime and drug distribution; human trafficking; social problems.

Office #: Coffey 412

Phone: 773.508.3488

E-mail: dbaskin@luc.edu


Dr. Deborah Baskin received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in sociology. She then completed a post-doctoral course of study in mental health research at the Social and Demographic Research Institute, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Baskin comes to Loyola having served as director of and professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics, California State University, Los Angeles. Prior to that position, she was the deputy executive officer of the doctoral program in criminal justice at the City University of New York and a tenured faculty member at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Baskin’s areas of expertise include women’s involvement in violent street crime, the relationship between drugs and violence, forensic mental health, and the use of forensic evidence in criminal case processing. She has done work in the area of foster care and delinquency as well as on juvenile waiver. Dr. Baskin has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, among other organizations, in order to support her work in these areas. She has published extensively and has provided expertise to a wide range of agencies on issues related to female offenders, mental health, criminal motivation, and substance use.


BA, 1975

MS, 1976
Northwestern University

PhD, 1984
University of Pennsylvania