Adam M. Watkins, Ph.D.

watkins adamPosition: Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Phone: 419-372-9540


Dr. Adam Watkins received his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. He joined the BGSU faculty in 2010. His primary research interests include youth crime and evaluating crime control initiatives. Dr. Watkins has been involved in the evaluation of programs intended to reduce gun- and gang-related crime, as well as programs intended to reduce criminal behavior among court-involved youth and adults.

Dr. Watkins takes great pride in being an alumnus of the undergraduate program in criminal justice at BGSU. The required internship as part of the program was instrumental in helping him decide that working with at-risk and court-involved youth was a career interest. He worked with such youth in community and residential settings before earning his Ph.D.

Selected Publications:

Watkins, A. M. (2017). The labor market and gang membership in adulthood: Is the availability, quality, and nature of legal work associated with adult gang involvement? Journal of Crime and Justice, 40 (3), 376-394. [link]    

Watkins, A. M., & Moule, R. K., Jr. (2014). Older, wiser, and a bit more badass? Exploring differences in juvenile and adult gang members’ gang-related attitudes and behaviors. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 12 (2), 121-136. [link]

Watkins, A. M., Huebner, B. H., & Decker, S. H. (2008). Patterns of gun acquisition, carrying, and use among juvenile and adult arrestees: Evidence from a high-crime city. Justice Quarterly, 25 (4), 674-700. [link]

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