terressa benz


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

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

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

Benz, Terressa A. (2014). “At the intersection of urban sociology and criminology: fear of crime and the postindustrial city,” Sociology Compass, 8 (1), p. 10-19.

Benz, Terressa A. (2014). “Flanking gestures: gender and emotion in fieldwork,” Sociological Research Online, 19 (2), np.

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