Criminological Theory, Juvenile Delinquency, Peer Networks, Quantitative Methods, Social Psychology
Cesar J. Rebellon is a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society and a Faculty Equity Advisor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. His research is funded by the National Science Foundation and focuses on the ways in which peer and family contexts, legal socialization, and legitimate authority affect involvement in crime and delinquency. He is particularly interested in the degree to which peers influence delinquency by serving as delinquent role models and by socially reinforcing delinquent behavior. He is currently working on a project using primary survey data from middle-school and high-school youth to examine whether youth who engage in risky behavior are more likely to receive romantic attention from their peers. His prior work appears in such journals as Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Social Psychology Quarterly, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Law and Human Behavior. Before joining George Mason University, he was a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at University of New Hampshire, where he served as Department Chair from 2017-2020.