Alex Piquero

Alexis Russell Piquero (born May 6, 1970)[1] is a Cuban-American criminologist and the Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT-Dallas), where he is also the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences. He has been ranked as the #1 criminologist in the world since 1996 by the number of peer-reviewed papers in criminology journals.[2] In 2015, then-United States Attorney General Eric Holder appointed him to the Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board.[3]

Alex Piquero
BornMay 6, 1970 (age 51)
EducationUniversity of Maryland, College Park (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)
Spouse(s)Nicole Leeper Piquero
AwardsAmerican Society of Criminology's Young Scholar and E-Mail Mentor of the Year Awards
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Texas at Dallas
ThesisAn application of Stafford and Warr's reconceptualization of deterrence to drinking and driving  (1996)
Doctoral advisorRaymond Paternoster
Doctoral studentsWesley Jennings


Education and career

Piquero received his B.A. in 1992, his M.A. in 1994, and his Ph.D. in 1996. All three of his degrees were in criminology and criminal justice, and he received all of them from the University of Maryland, College Park.[4] After teaching at Florida State University, the University of Maryland, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and other institutions, he joined the faculty of UT-Dallas in 2011.[2][5]


The subjects Piquero has researched include the link between malnutrition and violence.[6] He has also co-authored a study showing that the arrest rate among National Football League players is lower than that for the American male population aged 20 to 39.[7][8] He has collaborated on several books, including the Handbook of Quantitative Criminology (edited by David Weisburd).[3]

Honors and awards

Piquero has received the American Society of Criminology's Young Scholar and E-Mail Mentor of the Year Awards. He has also been a fellow of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences since 2011.[2] In 2018, he was inducted as a fellow into the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.[9]

Editorial activities

Piquero serves on the editorial boards of more than a dozen criminology journals. For five years (2008-2013), he was the co-editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.[2]

Personal life

Piquero's parents migrated to the United States from Cuba as exiles in the early 1960s. He is married to his colleague, Nicole Leeper Piquero.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Alexis Russell Piquero" . Library of Congress. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Alex R. Piquero" . University of Texas at Dallas. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b Cepeda, Esther (24 February 2016). "What I've Learned: Our Talk with Top-Ranked Criminologist Alex Piquero" . NBC News. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Alex R. Piquero CV" (PDF). Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Dr. Alex R. Piquero" . University of Texas at Dallas. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  6. ^ Shah, Khushbu (27 September 2016). "Want to reduce crime in America? Try giving kids better food" . Mic. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Arrest rate in NFL lower than for general US population, 'surprising' study finds" . The Guardian. 25 August 2015.
  8. ^ Martin, Jill (26 August 2015). "Study: NFL arrest rate lower than for all males ages 20-39" . CNN.
  9. ^ "Criminologist Named to UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers" . University of Texas at Dallas. 2018-03-29. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  10. ^ "Ceremonies Pay Tribute to University Faculty and Benefactors" . News Center. University of Texas at Dallas. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  11. ^ "University Celebrates Achievements of Recently Published Profs" . News Center. University of Texas at Dallas. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2017.

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