Erika Gebo, PhD


Associate Professor
Director, Graduate Program in Crime & Justice Studies
Department of Sociology

Phone: 617-557-1594
Fax: 617-994-4278
Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 571


  • PhD, University of New Hampshire
  • MA, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • BA, Seton Hall University

Office Hours Spring 2016

Tuesday and Thursday, 10:15am-11:15am and 2:15pm-4:15pm. 

Research Interests

  • Youth Violence and Youth Justice
  • Crime and Justice-related Community Initiatives
  • Policy and Evaluation


Professor Gebo believes in active scholarly engagement with students and with the wider community. She does so through funded grant work on issues related to youth justice and assistance to communities responding to youth violence. Where possible, students are brought into research projects in order to engage more directly with the topic under study. Her current research examines community responses to serious youth violence. She also is interested in how institutions, such as schools and community agencies can inhibit or promote delinquent and gang behavior and the policy implications derived from that.

Selected Publications


Boyes-Watson, Carolyn and Erika Gebo. (Forthcoming). Youth, Crime, & Justice. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 

Gebo, Erika and Brenda J. Bond, Eds. (2012). Looking Beyond Suppression: Community Responses to Gang Violence. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Paperback (2014).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Gebo, Erika and Brenda J. Bond. (Forthcoming). "Comparing Determinants of Effective Collaboration in a Comprehensive Crime Reduction Initiative." Journal of Policy Practice

Gebo, Erika and Christopher J. Sullivan. (2014). "A Statewide Comparison of Gang and Non-Gang Youth in Public Schools." Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 6: 191-208.

Bond, Brenda J. and Erika Gebo. (2014). “Comparing the Implementation of a Best Practice Crime Policy across Cities.” Administration & Society, 46: 371-394.

Gebo, Erika, Carolyn Boyes-Watson, and Sayra Pinto-Wilson. (2010). “Reconceptualizing Organizational Change in the Comprehensive Gang Model.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 38: 166-173.

Gebo, Erika and Maureen Norton-Hawk. (2009). “Criminal Records and Private Employers.” Justice Policy Journal, 6: 1-29.

Tobin, Kimberly, and Erika Gebo. (2008). “Assessing Student Learning and Undergraduate Effectiveness through a Comprehensive Exam.” Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society, 21: 223-238.

Gebo, Erika. (2007). “A Family Affair: The Juvenile Court and Family Violence Cases.” Journal of Family Violence, 22: 501-509.

Gebo, Erika, Nena Stracuzzi, and Valerie Hurst. (2006). “Juvenile Justice Reform and the Courtroom Workgroup: Issues of Perception and Workload.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 34: 425-433.

Gebo, Erika. (2005). “Do Family Courts Administer Individualized Justice In Delinquency Cases?” Criminal Justice Policy Review, 16: 190-210.

Gebo, Erika. (2002). “A Contextual Analysis of Siblicide.” Violence & Victims, 17, 2: 157-165.

Gebo, Erika, and John T. Kirkpatrick. (2002). “The Challenge of Collaboration between Law Enforcement and Medical Communities.” Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society [formerly known as The Justice Professional], 15, 1: 19-28.

Book Chapters

Gebo, Erika, Brenda J. Bond and Krystal S. Campos*. (2015) The OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Strategy: The Comprehensive Gang Model. In S. H. Decker & D.C. Pyrooz (Eds.) Handbook of Gangs and Gang Responses. New York: Wiley. 

Gebo, Erika, Ellen Foley, and Laurie Ross. (2014). Chapter 27: "Preventing Gang Violence." In Peter J. Donnelly and Catherine L. Ward (Eds.). Oxford Textbook of Violence Prevention: Epidemiology, Evidence, & Policy. London, UK: Oxford.

*Graduate Student

Applied Grant-Supported Research Reports

Gebo, Erika, Carolyn Boyes-Watson, and David Parilla, Jr.* (2014). Positive Youth Development, Social, Capital, and The Tri-City Shannon Initiative. Boston, MA; Suffolk University, Sociology Department. 

Gebo, Erika, Brenda J. Bond, and Krystal Campos. (2012). Final Report of the Anti-Gang and Youth Violence Action Research Collaboration with the City of Boston. Boston, MA: Suffolk University, Sociology Department.

Gebo, Erika. (2011). Final Report of the Gang and Youth Violence Reduction Action Research Partnership with the City of Springfield. Boston, MA: Suffolk University, Center for Crime and Justice Policy Research.

*Graduate Student

Current Grant Support

Evaluation of a school-based restorative justice training and implementation project

Community Responses to Violence in Massachusetts

Courses Taught

  • Juvenile Justice (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Seminar in Crime and Justice
  • Street Gangs
  • Research Methods (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Statistics (undergraduate and graduate)