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Kristina Thompson – Assistant Professor

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Statesboro Campus

Office: Carroll Building – Room 1088

Phone: (912) 478-8007


Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Thompson received her PhD from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in the Spring of 2020. Kristina has collaborated on a number of applied projects targeting criminal justice policy issues such as sex offender residency restrictions and the consequences of monetary sanctions in the United States, particularly among low-income, minority defendants. Kristina’s research interests coalesce around the importance structural, population, and spatial dynamics for understanding long-term crime trends. She is particularly interested in how these factors shape crime and justice in 21st century rural communities. Her dissertation examined how labor market dimensions of rural-urban interdependency shape rural crime rates. 

Kristina has taught a variety of classes at Georgia Southern, but she especially enjoys teaching research methods, where she gets to introduce future criminal justice professionals to the importance of developing skills as critical consumers of research in the real world. 


Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice (2020) University of Missouri – St. Louis

M.A., Criminal Justice and Criminology (2014) University of Nebraska – Omaha

B.A., Political Science (2011) University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Courses Taught


Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Research Methods, Communities and Crime, Criminology


Quantitative Research Design


Vogel, Matt, Kristina J. Thompson, and Steven F. Messner. (2019). The enduring influence of cohort characteristics on race-specific homicide rates. Social Forces.

Hipple, Natalie, K., Kristina J. Thompson, Beth M. Huebner, and Lauren A. Magee. (2019). Understanding victim cooperation in cases of nonfatal gun assaults. Criminal Justice and Behavior. DOI: 10.1177/0093854819848806

Thompson, Kristina J. “Exploring Rural Crime in the Wake of Structural Change: Evidence from the Great Recession.” Presented at the 2019 American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Garrity, Kristina T. “Labor Markets, Commuting, and Rural Violence: Incorporating Rural-Urban Interdependence into Studies of Crime.” Presented at the 2018 American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Garrity, Kristina T., Beth M. Huebner, and Ted Lentz. “Reassessing How Gangs Facilitate Violence: Replicating St. Louis Findings 20 Years Later.” Presented at the 2017 American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Awards & Honors

2018 – ASC Gene Carte Student Paper Competition (1st place). “Rural Islands of Not? Exploring Rural-Urban Interdependency, Labor Markets, and Violence”

2016 – UMSL Graduate Student Research Fair (3rd place). “Revisiting Social Disorganization Outside the Metropolis: How do Official Records Matter?”

Last updated: 5/25/2021