Position: Associate Professor of Sociology
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.
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 releasees. The Prison Journal, 89(3), 309-327.
Williams, Marian R., Stephen Demuth, and Jefferson E. Holcomb. (2007). Understanding the influence of victim gender in death penalty cases: The importance of victim race, sex-related victimization, and jury decision making. Criminology, 45, 865-892.
Steffensmeier, Darrell and Stephen Demuth. (2006). Does gender modify the effects of race-ethnicity on criminal sanctioning? Sentences for male and female White, Black, and Hispanic defendants. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 22, 241-261.