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Eric Connolly

Director of CJC Undergraduate Programs

  • Ph.D. Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University (2014)
  • MS. Criminal Justice, University of North Alabama (2010)
  • B.S. Criminology and Investigations, West Virginia University (2008)


Office: A-206
Phone: (936) 294-4941

Areas of Expertise:
Biosocial Criminology, Developmental/Life-Course Criminology, and Family-Based Research Designs


Connolly specializes in biosocial criminology, which is the study of how biological and social factors work together to create individual differences in anti-social behavior. He is particularly interested in examining how genetic and environmental factors influence anti-social behavior at different stages of the life course. He uses family-based research designs and behavioral genetic methodologies to better understand the origins of antisocial behavior. He will teach a course in Criminology and Special Topics in Biosocial Criminology.

Connolly has published widely in such peer-reviewed journals as Child Development, Criminology, Developmental Psychology, Intelligence, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. He currently serves as president of the Biosocial Criminology Association, an organization of researchers and practitioners devoted to understanding how biology and environment contribute to anti-social behavior. The organization draws from a wide range of disciplines including psychology, criminal justice, criminology, developmental psychology, forensic psychology, neuroscience, social work, and sociology.

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