Beidi Dong

Beidi Dong

Beidi Dong

Assistant Professor

Violence prevention, youth gangs, firearms, social ecology and crime, life-course criminology, research design and quantitative methods

Dr. Dong's research interests center around understanding the causes of youth violence, identifying risk and protective factors, and developing and testing preventive intervention strategies. Gang-related and firearm violence are two areas of focus that lead to both serious physical harm (including death), and emotional and social-behavioral problems in young people. His research mainly follows two theoretical frameworks—one emphasizes development as a unifying concept (life-course criminology) and the other studies social ecology of crime and violence (environmental criminology). With his interdisciplinary background, Dr. Dong links theories, methods and practices of public health with those of their criminal justice counterparts to enhance public safety. 

Selected Publications

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. 

Dong, B., Branas, C., Richmond, T., Morrison, C., & Wiebe, D. (In press). Youth's Daily Activities and Situational Triggers of Gunshot Assault in Urban Environments. Journal of Adolescent Health

Jacoby, S., Dong, B., Beard, J., Wiebe, D., & Morrison, C. (2017). The enduring impact of historical and structural racism on urban violence in Philadelphia. Social Science & Medicine. DOI:

Beard, J., Morrison, C., Jacoby, S. Dong, B., Smith, R., Sims, C., & Wiebe, D. (2017) Disparities in urban firearm violence by race and place: A cartographic study. American Journal of Public Health, 107, 371-373

Dong, B., & Krohn, M. D. (2016). Escape from violence: What reduces the long-term consequences of adolescent gang affiliation? Journal of Criminal Justice, 47, 41-50.

Dong, B., & Krohn, M. D. (2016). Dual trajectories of gang affiliation and delinquent peer association during adolescence: An examination of long-term offending outcomes. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 746-762.

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)