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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Cory Schnell

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-1238
Office: Currell College, Room 209
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice


  • Ph.D. 2017, Rutgers University, Criminal Justice
  • M.A. 2014, Rutgers University, Criminal Justice
  • B.S. 2011, University of Cincinnnati, Criminal Justice


Dr. Schnell’s research examines the effectiveness of policing strategies to reduce crime and enhance perceptions of police legitimacy in urban communities. The primary objective of this research is to improve policies and practices in police agencies for them to better serve and protect their respective communities. In addition, he studies the methodology applied to understand where crimes occur within cities. His dissertation research focused on the spatial distribution of violent crimes in Chicago across the 21st century. Dr. Schnell applies a wide range of quantitative analytic techniques including the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and social network analysis to answer research questions on these topics.


  • Fair and effective policing
  • Place-based criminology
  • Quantitative methods


Schnell, C., Braga, A. A., & Piza, E. L. (2017). The influence of community areas, neighborhood clusters, and street segments on the spatial variability of violent crime in Chicago. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 33, 469-496.

Schnell, C. (2017). Do neighborhoods still matter in the era of hot spots policing? Violent crime in Chicago and the use of place-based policing strategies to reduce crime. Police Chief, 84, 13-14.

Braga, A. A., Welsh, B. C., & Schnell, C. (2015). Can policing disorder reduce crime? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 52, 567-588.

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