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Doris Chu is a Professor of Criminology. She received her M.A and  Ph.D in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany. Prior to assuming her present position, she had taught at National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan and Arkansas State University in the USA.

Her research interests include religiosity and desistance, gender and policing, comparative criminal justice, and the application of positive psychology to substance abuse interventions. Her publications have appeared in Policing, Criminology and Criminal Justice, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Journal of Family Violence, Policing and Society, Crime and Delinquency, and British Journal of Criminology. Her scholarly work has been recognized internationally. She was awarded the 2013 Richard J. Terrill best paper of the year for the article entitled “The Role of the State on Cross-National Homicide Rates,” which was published in the International Criminal Justice Review. She also received the 2011 faculty research award from Arkansas State University and 2019 outstanding faculty research award from National Chung Cheng University. She is the editor for the Asia/Pacific volume of a multi-volume book set entitled Crime and Punishment around the World for ABC/CLIO (publish in October 2010). The book set includes a volume for each of four world regions: Europe, Africa, Americas, Asia/Pacific. The World Bank described this book as an “unprecedented work” in their newsletter.

Research interests

Doris' research interests include the following:
● the intersection of gender and criminal justice
● comparative criminal justice
● policing
● religiosity and desistance
● positive psychology interventions and offender rehabilitation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, PhD, SUNY Albany

Award Date: 18 May 2003

Criminology, MA, SUNY Albany

Award Date: 23 May 1999


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