BGSU sociologist named a Fellow of American Society of Criminology

Dr. Peggy Giordano, a Distinguished Research Professor of sociology, has been awarded Fellow status in the American Society of Criminology (ASC).

Dr. Peggy Giordano
Dr. Peggy Giordano
The honor, the highest bestowed by the society, is reserved for scholars whose work has had an impact on the direction of criminology, said ASC President Gary LaFree. Fellows have also moved the field forward through influential publications, he added.

Giordano, a BGSU faculty member since 1974, has received roughly $6 million in grant funding over the last 30 years. Her studies have focused on female delinquents and adult women offenders, peer influences on juvenile delinquency, and factors associated with moving away from a criminal lifestyle.

She is “no doubt one of the world’s leading experts” on juvenile delinquency, said LaFree, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Maryland-College Park.

An ASC committee solicits nominations for Fellows from the society’s membership, then gathers information from the nominees for consideration. No more than three new Fellows are named each year; Giordano is among the three honorees who will be acknowledged this November at the Columbus-based society’s annual meeting in Los Angeles.

An author of numerous journal articles and book chapters during her career, Giordano has served on ASC’s Executive Council and finance and awards committees. In 1995-96, she chaired the American Sociological Association’s Section on Crime, Law and Deviance.

Giordano has also researched adolescent relationships and directs an ongoing longitudinal study focused on romantic relationships and sexual behavior. She came to BGSU after earning her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1974, and became a full professor in 1984. Winner of the University’s Olscamp Research Award in 1995, she was named a Distinguished Research Professor in 2000.
May 22, 2006