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Contact Information

Academic School

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Dyson 343



(845) 575-3000 ext. 2366

Dr. Molly Buchanan

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice


An Assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Dr. Molly Buchanan is a New England native who flew south to earn her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of Florida. Compelled by past practitioner experience in various Massachusetts social and criminal justice agencies, her primary research interests include developmental and life-course criminology, relative effects of risk and protective factors for antisocial outcomes, and advancing the evidence base for prevention-intervention policy and practice. These topics are woven into her courses through real-world examples of abstract concepts, in-class and online activities, and specially curated selections of readings, videos, and written assignments.


PhD, Criminology, Law and Society, University of Florida
MS, Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
BA, Psychology magna cum laude, Framingham State University

Research Interests / Areas of Focus

Developmental, life-course criminology, Evidence-based practices, Juvenile delinquency and gangs, Intergenerational risk and protective factors, and Quantitative methodologies

Selected Publications

Buchanan, M., Simonsen, E. T., & Krohn, M. D. (2018). Developmental and life-course perspectives on gangs.  In H. Pontell (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press

Kobayashi, E., Farrington D. P., & Buchanan, M. (2018). Peer reactions, peer behavior, student attitudes, and student deviance: A comparison of college students in Japan and the USA. Asian Journal of Criminology, doi: 10.1007/s11417-018-9276-y. 

Fagan, A., & Buchanan, M. (2016). What works in crime prevention? A comparison and critical review of three crime prevention registries. Criminology & Public Policy, 15(3), 617-649.

Selected Presentations

Buchanan, M., & Krohn, M. D. (November 2018). Does it matter if those who matter don't mind?: Testing the differential effects of gang versus delinquent peer group membership on labeling processes, American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA

Buchanan, M., Brown, T., Hughes, M., & Baldwin, J. (September 2018). The ‘turf’ is always greener:  Rural gang members’ perceptions of self, gangs, and community before, during and after gang involvement, Southern Criminal Justice Association, Pensacola, FL