Beidi Dong

Beidi Dong

Beidi Dong

Assistant Professor

Violence prevention, youth gangs, firearms, community violence and health, life-course criminology/criminal careers, research design and quantitative methods

Dr. Beidi Dong is an Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. He received his PhD from the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida and completed post-doctoral training in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on identifying risk and protective factors of community violence (especially gun violence) in the United States, and developing and implementing evidence-based prevention, response, and recovery strategies that mitigate the negative impacts of violence on the affected individuals and communities. His research also addresses inequalities in access to health care, social services, and other resources that are critical to post-trauma resilience. He employs various quantitative and computational social science methods to enhance public safety and health.

Selected Publications

Dong, B., White, C., & Weisburd, D. (2020). Poor health and violent crime hot spots: Mitigating the undesirable co-occurrence through focused place-based interventions. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 58, 799-806

Dong, B., Morrison, C., Branas, C. Richmond, T., & Wiebe, D. (2020). As violence unfolds: A space-time study of situational triggers of violent victimization among urban youth. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 36, 119-152.

Dong, B. & Krohn, M. (2019; online first). Sent home versus being arrested: The relative influence of school and police intervention on drug use. Justice Quarterly.

Dong, B., Jacoby, S., Morrison, C. & Wiebe, D. (2019). Longitudinal heterogeneity in handgun carrying behavior among urban American youth: Intervention priorities at different life stages. Journal of Adolescent Health, 64(4), 502-508.

Dong, B., & Wiebe, D. (2018). Violence and beyond: Life-course features of handgun carrying in the urban United States and the associated long-term life consequences. Journal of Criminal Justice, 54, 1-11. 


Courses Taught

CRIM 315 Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology 

CRIM 320 Crime and Place


Postdoc, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, Univ. of Pennsylvania (2015-2017)


PhD, Criminology, Law and Society, Univ. of Florida (2015)
MA,  Criminology, Law and Society, Univ. of Florida (2012)
BSS, Sociology, Univ. of Hong Kong (2008)