Paul Knepper, Ph.D.

                          Dr. Paul Knepper

Department Chair

Ph.D., Arizona State University; Tempe, AZ


Paul Knepper received his Ph.D. in Justice Studies from the School of Justice Studies and Social Transformation at Arizona State University. For twelve years, he worked at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom where he was professor of criminology in the School of Law. He served as editor-in-chief, European Journal of Criminology, and as an associate editor of the Oxford Research Reviews in Criminology series. Since 2013, he has been visiting professor of criminology at the School of Criminal Sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.



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Office Hours Fall 2021:  In person M/W 10:00-12:00. Zoom hours TBA.

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Knepper’s research develops an historical perspective in criminology, including the study of trafficking and transnational criminal law, historical science as a methodology, and comparative legal history involving race/ethnicity.  He teaches criminological theory, international criminal justice and victimology.


Selected Publications

Paul Knepper and Anja Johansen, eds, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal Justice.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.  Paperback edition 2019.

Paul Knepper, “Second Science? The Future of Historical Science in Criminology” pp 119-137 in Graham Farrell and Aiden Sidebottom, eds, Realist Evaluation for Crime Science: Essays in Honour of Nick Tilly.  London: Routledge, 2019.

Paul Knepper “Twin Sciences? The History of Forensic Science and Criminology” Pp 7-17 in Quentin Rossy, David Décary-Hétu, Olivier Delémont, and Massimiliano Mulone, eds, International Handbook of Forensic Intelligence and Criminology.  London: Routledge, 2018.

Paul Knepper, “Theorising a Forensic Model of Crime Prevention” Pp. 50-66 in Danielle Reynalds and Benoit LeClerc, eds, Criminology at the Edge: The Future of Rational Choice for Crime Prevention London: Routledge, 2018.

Paul Knepper “Historical Approaches to Crime, Media and Popular Culture” in Michelle Brown and Gray Cavender, eds, The Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Crime, Media and Popular Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Paul Knepper, “New York Critics: The United States, the League of Nations, and the Traffic in Women”  Pp 143-156 in Liat Kozma, Magaly Rodríguez García and David Rodogno, eds, The League of Nations and its Work on Social Issues: Visions, Endeavours and Experiments. Geneva: United Nations Office, 2016.

Paul Knepper, Writing the History of Crime. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.

Paul Knepper, “The Investigation of the Traffic in Women by the League of Nations: Sociological Jurisprudence as an International Social Project” Law & History Review 34(1), 2016, 45-73.

Paul Knepper, “Falling Crime Rates: What Happened Last Time” Theoretical Criminology 19 (1), 2015, 59-76.

Paul Knepper, “Traffickers?  Terrorists? Smugglers?  Immigrants to the United States and International Crime Before the Second World War” Pp. 484-504 in Michael Tonry and Sandra Bucerius, eds, The Oxford Handbook of Ethnicity, Crime and Immigration. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Paul Knepper “Measuring the Threat of Global Crime: Insight from Research by the League of Nations into Traffic in Women” Criminology 50(3), 2012, 777-809.

Paul Knepper, “An International Crime Decline: Lessons for Social Welfare Crime Policy?” Social Policy and Administration 46(4), 2012, 359-376.

Paul Knepper, International Crime in the Twentieth Century: The League of Nations Era, 1919-1939.  London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Paul Knepper, The Invention of International Crime: A Global Issue in the Making, 1881-1914 London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Paul Knepper, “How Situational Crime Prevention Contributes to Social Welfare” Liverpool Law Review, 30(1), 2009, 57-75.

Paul Knepper, “Rethinking the Racialisation of Crime: The Significance of African American ‘Firsts’” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2008, 31(3): 503-23.

Paul Knepper, “British Jews and the Racialisation of Crime in the Age of Empire” British Journal of Criminology, 2007, 47(1): 61-79.

Paul Knepper. “The Historical Prohibition of Multiracial Legal Identity in the United States” in Joan Ferrante-Wallace and Prince Brown , eds, The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity in the United States. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001.

Paul Knepper. “The Alchemy of Race and Crime Research,” in Michael W. Markowitz and Delores D.  Jones-Brown, eds, The System in Black & White: Exploring Connections Between Race, Crime and Criminal Justice.  Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2000.

Paul Knepper and Shannon M. Barton.  “Statewide Cross-Training as a Means of Court Reform in Child Protection Proceedings” Brandeis Journal of Family Law, 1997-98, 36(4): 511-550.

Paul Knepper. “Race, Racism and Crime Statistics” Southern University Law Review 1996, 24(1): 71-112.