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Steven Block, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Contact Information

Office Hours

208-300 Vance Academic Center
Office Phone: (860)832-2524(860)832-2524    
Email Address:
Monday 11:00 - 12:15pm
Tuesday 1:00 - 3:30pm
Wednesday 11:00 - 12:15pm


Ph.D., 2012, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, Criminal Justice
MA, 2007, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, Criminal Justice
BA, 2005, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY, Political Science

Research Interests: Crime Analysis, Crime Data, Motor Vehicle Theft, Victimless Crime

Courses Taught

  • Community-Based Alternatives
  • Corrections
  • Crime Analysis
  • Drugs, Law, and Society
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Juvenile Offending: Origins and Interventions
  • Law, Harm and Morality
  • Sexual Predators
  • Supervised Field Studies in Criminal Justice
  • U.S. Prison Communities
  • Vice and Crime
  • Victimless Crime
  • Violent Crime


Block, S. & Ruffolo, L. (in press). An exploratory content analysis of offender concerns before incarceration. The Prison Journal: An International Forum on Incarceration and Alternative Sanctions

Roberts, A. & Block, S. (in press). Motor vehicle theft. In The Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. Sage Publications.

Block, S. (in press). Victimless crime. In International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Ed. Elsevier.

Block, S. Brown, C.A., Barretti, L.M., Walker, E., Yudt, M., & Fretz, R. (2014). A mixed-method assessment of a parenting program for incarcerated fathers. Journal of Correctional Education, 65(1), 50-67.

Block, S. & Fujita, S. (2013). Patterns of near repeat temporary and permanent motor vehicle thefts. Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal, 15(2), 151-167.

Roberts, A. & Block, S. (2013). Explaining permanent and temporary motor vehicle thefts in the United States: A crime-specific approach. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency,  50(3), 445-471.

Block, S. (2012). Characteristics of internationally trafficked stolen vehicles along the U.S.-Mexico border. Western Criminology Review, 13(3), 1-14.

Block, S., Clarke, R.V., Maxfield, M.G., & Petrossian, G. (2011). Estimating the number of U.S. vehicles stolen for export using crime location quotients. In M.A. Andresen and J.B. Kinney. (Eds.). Patterns, Prevention, and Geometry of Crime, Crime Science Series (pp. 54-68). New York: Routledge.

Block, S. & Maxfield, M.G. (2011). Model national crime statistics: U.S. Uniform Crime Reports and the National Crime Victimization Survey. In M. Natarajan (Ed.). Introduction to International Criminal Justice. (pp. 455-462). New York: McGraw-Hill.


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