Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

Fitzgerald House, Room 211
614 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2420
fax: (248) 370-4608
saswcj@oakland.edu

Social Work
Fitzgerald House, Room 223
614 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-3166
devoogd@oakland.edu

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

Fitzgerald House, Room 211
614 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2420
fax: (248) 370-4608
saswcj@oakland.edu

Social Work
Fitzgerald House, Room 223
614 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-3166
devoogd@oakland.edu

Terressa Benz

A headshot of Terressa Benz.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
205 Fitzgerald House
(248) 370-2429
tbenz@oakland.edu

Research Interests
Critical criminology, firearm ownership and carry practices, criminological and sociological theory, law and society, elite and white-collar crime, community context of crime, crime and public policy, policing and self-protection, urban sociology, ethnographic field methods, deviance and social control.

Selected Publications

2017. Benz, Terressa A., “Toxic Cities: Neoliberalism and Environmental Racism in Flint and Detroit Michigan,” Critical Sociology, p. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1177/0896920517708339. (refereed)

2017. DeAngelis, Joseph, Benz, T., and Gilham, P., “Collective Security, Fear of Crime, and Support for Concealed Firearms on a University Campus in the Western United States” Criminal Justice Review, 42(1) p.77-94. (refereed)

2016. Benz, Terressa A., “Urban Mascots and Poverty Fetishism: Authenticity in the Postindustrial City,” Sociological Perspectives, 59(2), p. 460-478. (refereed)

Courses Taught
Intro to Criminal Justice
Criminological Theory
Law and Society
White-Collar Crime
Capstone: Crim Just Pol Anlys

Education
Ph.D., Criminology, Law & Society, University of California, Irvine
M.A., Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine