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Associate Dean for Research

Christopher Maxwell
Associate Dean for Research
Professor, School of Criminal Justice

Christopher D. Maxwell is the associate dean for research in the College of Social Science and professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU).  He holds bachelor's degrees in sociology, criminal justice and psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a master's degree and Ph.D. in criminal justice from Rutgers University.

Dr. Maxwell's research interests include testing for the benefits and costs of sanctions and therapeutic treatments for spouse abusers, the impacts of police and court services on victims of domestic violence, the epidemiology of violence against women by intimates, and the extent and correlates of sexual assault by and against adolescents. His current focus is assessing the extent to which intimate partner violence offenders are prosecuted and whether more prosecution and sanctions lead to less subsequently violence. He has published numerous articles in journals, including Criminology, Criminology and Public Police, Justice Quarterly, and Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Maxwell served as Associate Research Scientist in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan, where he directed the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data.

Contact information:

Christopher D. Maxwell

Associate Dean for Research

College of Social Science
509 E Circle Dr, Room 203
Berkey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Telephone: 517-432-3436