Daniel C. Semenza, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and

Criminal Justice
Rutgers University - Camden

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Rutgers University - Camden. I am currently a faculty affiliate with the New Jersey Center on Gun Violence Research as well as an external faculty fellow with the Health Criminology Research Consortium at Saint Louis University.


I earned my PhD in the Department of Sociology at Emory University in 2018, specializing in criminology and the sociology of health and illness under the direction of Dr. Robert Agnew. I aim to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to my research and teaching whenever possible across criminology, sociology, and public health. 


Broadly speaking, my research focuses on (1) the causes and consequences of violence and (2) the connections between health and crime. I have recently published my work in journals such as Justice Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, Social Science & Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Crime and Delinquency, and Aggression and Violent Behavior. 

In my free time, I enjoy playing and writing music, running, playing volleyball, traveling, rooting for the Green Bay Packers, and hiking with my wife, Isabel, and our two pugs, Jordy and Goji.


Research and Publications

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Courses Taught


Rutgers University

Spring 2020              Cyber Crime

Spring 2020              Urban Gun Violence

Fall 2019                   Juvenile Delinquency

Spring 2019              Cyber Crime

Fall 2018                   Violence & Society

Fall 2018                   Juvenile Delinquency 

Emory University

Fall 2016                   Criminology

Spring 2018              Criminology