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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Cory Schnell

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-1238
Office: Currell College, Room 209
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Cory Schnell


  • Ph.D. 2017, Rutgers University, Criminal Justice
  • M.A. 2014, Rutgers University, Criminal Justice
  • B.S. 2011, University of Cincinnati, Criminal Justice


Dr. Schnell’s research examines the methodology applied to understand where crimes occur within cities. His research focuses on refining descriptions of the spatial distribution of crime patterns. In addition, he studies the effectiveness of policing strategies to reduce crime and enhance perceptions of police legitimacy. The primary objective of this research is improving the policies and practices of police agencies for them to better serve their respective communities. Dr. Schnell explores a wide range of quantitative analytic techniques to answer research questions on these topics. His published work has used the following analyses and research designs: social network analysis, meta-analysis, multi-level models, case-control design, survival analysis, and randomized experiments.


  • Crime and place
  • Policing
  • Quantitative methods


Schnell, C., Spencer, M.D., Mancik, A., Porter, L., Ready, J., & Alpert, G. (2021). Expanding research on investigations of officer-involved shootings: An experimental evaluation of question timing on police officers’ memory recall. Criminal Justice & Behavior. 00938548211035824. 

Schnell, C. & McManus, H.D. (2020). The influence of temporal specification on the identification of crime hot spots for program evaluations: A test of longitudinal stability in crime patterns. Journal of Quantitative Criminology. 

Schnell, C., Grossman, L., & Braga, A.A. (2019). The routine activities of violent crime places: A retrospective case-control study of crime opportunities on street segments”. Journal of Criminal Justice, 60 (1), 140-153. 

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