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Laura L Hansen

Adjunct Faculty
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 Criminolog, Board of Bar Overseers Hearing Committee


Current Research

Currently working on a survey on attitudes towards violence, working with collaborators in the U.K. and Italy.

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

Former 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.


SO 101 Introduction to Sociology

SO 201 Social Problems

SO/CJ 210 Criminology (WIC)

SO/CJ 300 Applied Analytical Methods

SO 307 Qualitative Research Methods

SO 308 Sociology of the Family

SO/MAN 315 Organizational Theory

SO/CJ 342 Juvenile Delinquency

CJ 375 Emergency Response Management

Created a new course for 2018-2019 catalogue, covering topic of coordinating emergency response agencies and teams during major natural or human-made disasters.  

CJ 405 Organized Crime



L.L. Hansen (2018). Applied Analytical Methods Survival Guide, Revised 1st Edition . : Kendall Hunt.

L.L. Hansen (2017). Applied Analytical Methods Survival Guide, 1st Edition . : Kendall Hunt.

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 and M.E. Freitag (2016). . “Come on now, I want to see blood!”: Choreographed violence in gang initiation rites. . In S. Harding and M.Palasinki (Eds.), Global Perspectives on Youth Behavior, Violence, and Weapons Use : IGI Global.

L.L. Hansen (2016). Baby steps: Urban violence, gangs, and school safety . In S. Harding and M. Palasinki (Eds.), Global Perspectives on Youth Behavior, Violence, and Weapons Use : IGI Global.

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

(2017 , November ). “Crew Collar” crime: Hacking for the heck of it. . American Society of Criminology

L.L. Hansen (2016 , November ). Diagnosis and treatment of corporate crime revisited: Looking outside the organization for malfeasance catalysts . American Society of Criminology

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,