terressa benz


Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
523 Varner
(248) 370-2429

Curriculum Vitae

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


Ph.D., Criminology, Law & Society, University of California, Irvine

M.A., Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine