Dr. Christopher Torres joined the faculty of the Department of Criminology and Justice in 2022 after receiving his Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice from Florida International University. Christopher’s work focuses on generating practical knowledge for policymakers and bridging the gap between applied and academic research. Prior to his appointment at Loyola University New Orleans, he ran the crime analysis detail of a major metropolitan police department.
Dr. Torres’ primary area of expertise is in geographic information systems, multilevel modeling, and quantitative research design. His research examines criminal decision-making, geospatial and econometric crime analysis, crime prevention through environmental design, environmental justice, and applied criminal deterrence. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Crime & Delinquency, The Journal of Drug Issues, and Race and Social Problems.
- Torres, C. E., D'Alessio, S., & Stolzenberg, L. (2021). Market dynamics and systemic violence: A longitudinal examination of market penetration, entry deterrence, and excess capacity in the illicit drug market. Journal of Drug Issues, 51(1), 143-158.
- Torres, C. E., D'Alessio, S., & Stolzenberg, L. (2021). Race and the probability of police injury. Race and Social Problems, 13(3), 215-225.
- Torres, C. E., D'Alessio, S., & Stolzenberg, L. (2021). The replacements: The effect of incarcerating drug offenders on first-time drug sales offending. Crime & Delinquency, 67(3), 449-471.
- Torres, C. E., D’Alessio, S., Stolzenberg, L., (2020) The effects of verbal, physical, social, and cyberbullying victimization on academic performance. Victims & Offenders, 15(1): 1-21
Ph.D., Florida International University, 2022; M.A., Florida International University, 2018; B.A., Florida International University, 2016
- Research Methods
- Security and Crime Prevention
- Strategies for Crime Prevention
Areas of Expertise
- Geographic information systems
- Interactive web-mapping
- Multilevel modeling
- Quantitative research design
- Criminal decision-making
- Criminal deterrence
- Crime prevention through environmental design
- Campus safety
- Environmental justice