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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Ashley Mancik

Title: Assistant Professor
Alpha Phi Sigma Advisor
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-3625
Office: Currell College, Room 206
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
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  • Ph.D. 2018, University of Delaware, Criminology
  • M.A. 2015, University of Delaware, Criminology
  • B.A. 2011, University of Georgia, Criminal Justice


Dr. Mancik is currently involved in several projects examining macrostructural forces that contribute to variation in homicide rates across time and space, both in the U.S. and internationally. She is also engaged in research examining both micro and macro influences on police clearance of homicide and violence, as well as research addressing violence reduction and prevention efforts. Her dissertation used meta-analytic techniques to assess several prominent explanations for changes in U.S. homicide rates since WWII, including the spike in violent crime in the late 1980s and the unanticipated "Great American Crime Decline" in the 1990s, and how methodological variation impacted results. Common explanations considered include changes in economic conditions, family structure, age structure, immigration, incarceration, policing, drug markets, and firearm prevalence and legislation. Dr. Mancik teaches courses on homicide and the criminal justice system.


  • Homicide and violence
  • Crime trends
  • Crime clearance
  • Communities and crime
  • Quantitative methods


Mancik, A. M., Parker, K. F., & Williams, K. R. (2018). Neighborhood Context and Homicide Clearance: Estimating the Effects of Collective Efficacy. Homicide Studies, 22(2), 188-213.

Parker, K. F., Mancik, A., & Stansfield, R. (2017). American crime drops: Investigating the breaks, dips and drops in temporal homicide. Social Science Research, 64, 154-170.

Jarvis, J. P., Mancik, A., & Regoeczi, W. C. (2017). Police responses to violent crime: Reconsidering the mobilization of law. Criminal Justice Review, 42(1), 5-25.

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