Stephen Demuth


  • Position: Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Phone: 419-372-7260
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Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D.,The Pennsylvania State University, 2000

Dr. Demuth studies the extent to which white, black, and Hispanic defendants receive different criminal sentences in state and federal courts despite the existence of sentencing guidelines designed to structure judicial decision-making and reduce unwarranted sentencing disparities. He is also conducting research that examines the impact of family structure on adolescent delinquent behavior to identify the mechanisms through which living with a single parent increases delinquency, notably, whether the effect is predominantly a function of parental absence or parental gender.

Recent Publications:

Scott-Hayword, C. S., Copp, J. E., & Demuth, S. (Eds.) (2022). Handbook on Pretrial Justice. Routledge.

Finkeldey, J. G. & Demuth, S. (2021). Race/ethnicity, perceived skin color, and the likelihood of adult arrest. Race and Justice, 11(4), 567-591. doi: 10.1177/2153368719826269

Gresham, M., & Demuth, S. (2020). Who owns a handgun?: An analysis of the correlates of handgun ownership in young adulthood. Crime and Delinquency, 6(4), 541-571.

Dennison, C. R. & Demuth, S. (2018). The more you have, the more you lose: Criminal justice involvement, ascribed socioeconomic status, and achieved SES. Social Problems, 65, 191-210.

Doerner, J.K. & Demuth, S. (2014). Gender and sentencing in the federal courts: Are women treated more leniently? Criminal Justice Policy Review, 25(2), 242-269.

Doerner, J.K. & Demuth, S. (2010). The independent and joint effects of race/ethnicity, gender, and age on sentencing outcomes in U.S. federal courts. Justice Quarterly, 27(1), 1-27.

McGovern, V., Demuth, S., & Jacoby, J.E. (2009). Racial and ethnic recidivism risks: A comparison of postincarceration rearrest, reconviction, and reincarceration among White, Black, and Hispanic releases. The Prison Journal, 89(3), 309-327.

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