Criminology society honors CSUSB professor


Andrea Schoepfer, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Cal State San Bernardino, received the Young Career Award from the White Collar Crime Research Consortium at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology last month in Chicago.

Andrea Schoepfer

Andrea Schoepfer

Schoepfer is recognized nationally for her work on white-collar crime. The award is given to young scholars who have published extensively on this topic. Her most recent study examined the theory of desire for control to explain white collar and conventional crime.

“I was honored to receive the award from an organization comprised of some of the best researchers in the field of white-collar crime,” said Schoepfer. “To be acknowledged early in my career by such an amazing group of people was truly momentous.”

Schoepfer, who began teaching at CSUSB in fall 2007, specializes in white-collar and corporate crime, criminological theory and deviance.  Her research and scholarship have centered on the study of white-collar crime offending and victimization, and the application of criminological theories to crime and deviance.

Because of her extensive research and expert knowledge, she has written, co-written and published more than 25 articles in various academic journals. Some of the most significant articles include:

  • “Completely out of control or the desire to be in complete control? An examination of low self-control and the desire-for-control,” co-written with Nicole Leeper Piquero and Lynn Langton, Crime and Delinquency Journal.
  • “Reflecting on White-Collar and Corporate Crime: Discerning Readings,” co-written with David Shichor and Larry Gaines, Waverly Press.
  • “Studying the Correlates of Fraud Victimization and Reporting,” co-written with Nicole Leeper Piquero, Journal of Criminal Justice.
  • “Self-Control, Moral Beliefs and Criminal Activity,” co-written with Alex Piquero, Deviant Behavior Journal.

“Our department is fortunate to have Dr. Schoepfer,” said Larry Gaines, CSUSB professor and chair of the criminal justice department.  “She has become one of the leading white-collar crime researchers in the United States, studying corporations and corporate practices to see how they can negatively impact people and our economy.”

“White collar crime is one of the most neglected forms of crime in our society, but its costs are greater than street crime, both monetarily and in terms of human suffering,” said Gaines. “The recent debacle on Wall Street is a prime example of how white collar crime can affect large numbers of people and society at large. This neglected area needs much more attention.”

Prior to teaching at CSUSB, Schoepfer taught at the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and master and doctoral degrees in criminology, all from University of Florida.

The Beaumont resident is a member of the American Society of Criminology, National White-Collar Crime Consortium; Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; and the Western Society of Criminology. She is also faculty adviser for Sigma Beta Upsilon, CSUSB’s chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

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