Don Stemen, PhD

Title/s: Associate Professor, Chairperson

Office #: Mundelein Center, Room 807B

Phone: 773.508.8505

E-mail: dstemen@luc.edu


Dr. Don Stemen is an Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and a member of the Graduate Faculty at Loyola University, Chicago. Dr. Stemen received his PhD in Law and Society from the Institute for Law and Society at New York University in 2007. Before coming to Loyola, Dr. Stemen was the Director of Research on Sentencing and Corrections at the Vera Institute of Justice, where he worked with state and county governments to reform criminal justice policies.

Dr. Stemen's research focuses on sentencing and corrections issues, examining the innovation and diffusion of sentencing and corrections policies across the United States and the impact of those policies on criminal justice agencies, and prosecutorial decision making, exploring contextual factors affecting prosecutorial outcomes. His research has been supported through grants from the National Institute of Justice, the National Institute of Corrections, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Open Society Foundation, and the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.


2007 PhD, Law and Society, New York University

1997 MA, Criminal Justice, University of Illinois, Chicago

1993 BS, Mathematics, University of Illinois, Chicago

Research Interests

Prosecutorial Decision Making


Community Corrections

Policy Innovation and Diffusion

Courses Taught

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System CJC 101.
Criminal Courts CJC 202.
Undergraduate Research Methods CJC 205.
Graduate Program Evaluation and Research Methods CJC 403.

Selected Publications

Stemen, Don, Andres F. Rengifo, and Ethan Amidon. (forthcoming). The focal concerns of sentencing and mandatory sentencing laws: Circumvention in the context of mandatory probation and treatment. Journal of Crime and Justice (first published online February 18, 2014).

Rengifo, Andres F. and Don Stemen. (forthcoming). The unintended effects of penal reform: Racial threat, determinate sentencing and incarceration in the United States (1978–2004). Crime and Delinquency (first published online May 25, 2012).

Stemen, Don and Bruce Frederick (2013). Rules, resources, and relationships: Contextual constraints on prosecutorial decision making. 31 Quinnipiac University Law Review 1.

Rengifo, Andres F. and Don Stemen. (2013). The impact of drug treatment on recidivism: Do mandatory programs make a difference? Evidence from Kansas' Senate Bill 123. Crime and Delinquency 59: 930–950.