Beidi Dong

Beidi Dong

Beidi Dong

Associate Professor

Firearm violence and policy, crime/violence, punishment, and health, crime and place, life-course criminology/criminal careers, social media and network analysis

Dr. Beidi Dong is an Associate 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 for community violence in the United States and developing evidence-based strategies that prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of violence on affected individuals and communities in an equitable way. His research also addresses health disparities and inequities related to crime/violence and punishment. 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 710 Criminological Theory

CRIM 515 Criminal Justice Research Methods and Data Analysis

CRIM 491/492 Honors Seminar--Mass Shootings in the United States: Patterns, Causes, and Responses

CRIM 320 Crime and Place

CRIM 315 Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology 



Postdoc, Biostatistics & Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania (2015-2017)


PhD, Criminology, Law and Society, University of Florida (2015)
BSS, Sociology, University of Hong Kong