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Laura L Hansen

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
2004 Ph.D. Sociology , University of California, Riverside
2001 M.A. Sociology , University of California, Riverside
1998 B.S. Sociology , University of California, Riverside
Office: Herman 200H

Member: Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology Honor Society), Eastern Sociological Society, American Society of Criminology, Citywide Violence Prevention Taskforce (Springfield, MA),


Gang Specialist

Certified Gang Specialist in Gangs in Schools, K-12 and International/Transnational Gangs, National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC)

Social Processes Criminology

Youth Gangs, Educating Educators on the Risks of Gang Recruitment, Financial White-Collar Crime, Insider Trading, Criminal Social Network Analysis

Large Scale Organizations And Social Institutions

Informal social structures in economic organizations, organizational theory and culture

Applied Sociology

Research Partner, South Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative. Completed survey reports (February 2013, 2014) on longitudinal study on the effectiveness of programs within the initiative and agency participation.


Introduction to Sociology

Social Problems

Criminology (WIC)

Applied Analytical Methods

Qualitative Research Methods

Sociology of the Family

Organizational Theory

Juvenile Delinquency

Organized Crime



L. L. Hansen, M. Simpson, S. Stein (2014). The Statistics and Methodology Diner: A Workbook to Dig into for Methodology Courses . : Kendall Hunt.

L. L. Hansen (2013). Sociology Sandbox: A Workbook to Play in for Introductory Courses . : Kendall Hunt .

Book Chapters

L. L. Hansen (2014). Practical Considerations for Urban Canvassing: Challenging Perceptions, Challenging Realities, Rookie Mistakes . In (Eds.), SAGE Research Methods Cases London, UK : Sage Publishing.

L. L. Hansen (2011). Tearing at the Social Fabric: Social Costs of Insider Trading as Informal Economy (Translated to French) . In Noel Barbe and Florence Weber (Eds.), Shadow Economies and Their Paradoxes Paris, France, : Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme.

Journal Articles

L. L. Hansen (2014 , January ). "Gossip Boys": insider trading and regulatory ambiguity . Journal of Financial Crime ,21 , 29-43.

L. L. Hansen and S. Movahedi (2010 , June ). Wall Street Scandals: The Myth of Individual Greed . Sociological Forum ,25 , 367-374.

L. L. Hansen (2009 ). Corporate Crime: Diagnosis and Treatment . Journal of Financial Crime ,16 , 28-40.

L. L. Hansen (2005 ). Girl "Crew" Members Doing Gender, Boy "Crew" Members Doing Violence: An Ethnographic and Network Analysis of Maria Hinojosas New York Gangs . Western Criminology Review ,6 , 134-144.

Conference Proceedings

L. L. Hansen (2012 , November ). Tip of the Iceberg: Slippery Slope from Sanctioned Art to Defacing Graffiti and Organized Youth Gangs in Reykjavik, Iceland . American Society of Criminology Palmer House , Chicago, Illinois

L.L. Hansen, D. Kindschi Gosselin, M. Simpson (2011 , November ). "Baby Steps:" Educating Elementary School Teachers and Staff on the Risks of Gang Recruitment . American Society of Criminology, Annual Meeting , Washington, D.C. ,

L. L. Hansen (2011 , February ). The Physics of Sociology: Making Sociology Salient for Non-Social Science Majors . Eastern Sociological Society Annual Conference , Philadelphia, PA

L. L. Hansen and S. Movahedi (2009 , August ). The Myth of Individual Greed . American Sociological Society Annual Conference , San Francisco, California

L. L. Hansen (2007 , September ). Tearing at the Social Fabric: Social Costs of Insider Trading as Informal Econom . TEPP Marne-la-Vall , Paris, France,