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) inequalities within the connections between health and crime. I have recently published my work in journals such as Preventive Medicine, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Crime and Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, 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.


Select Publications


Semenza, Daniel C. 2019. “Gender Differences in the Victim–Offender Relationship for On- and Offline  Youth Violence.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Online first: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0886260519864358  

Stansfield, Richard and Daniel C. Semenza. 2019. “Legal Firearm Availability and Intimate Partner Homicide: A Multilevel Analysis across Sixteen States.” Preventive Medicine, 126.


Semenza, Daniel C., Meldrum, Ryan, Jackson, Dylan, Vaughn, Michael, and Alex Piquero. 2019. “School Start Times, Adolescent Delinquency, and Substance Use: A Criminological Perspective and Research  Agenda.” Crime & Delinquency. Online  first: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0011128719845147 


Semenza, Daniel C. 2019. “Cross-modal Peer Polyvictimization and Teen Dating Violence.” Deviant Behavior. Online first: https://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2019.1656743

Semenza, Daniel C., Laurie James-Hawkins, Katherine Roof, Yuk Fai Cheong, Ruchira Naved, and Kathryn Yount. 2019. “Gender‐Equitable Parental Decision Making and Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration in Bangladesh” Journal of Marriage and Family, 81(4): 920-935.

Grosholz, Jessica M., and Daniel C. Semenza. 2018. “Assessing the Relationship between Physical Health Strain and Prison Misconduct.” Criminal Justice & Behavior, 45(10): 1527-1546.


Semenza, Daniel. 2018. “Health Behaviors and Juvenile Delinquency.” Crime and Delinquency, 64(11): 1394-1416. 


Courses Taught


Rutgers University

Fall 2019                   Juvenile Delinquency

Spring 2019              Cyber Crime

Fall 2018                   Violence & Society

Fall 2018                   Juvenile Delinquency 

Emory University

Fall 2016                   Criminology

Spring 2018              Criminology