Cesar J. Rebellon

Cesar J. Rebellon

Cesar J. Rebellon


Criminological Theory, Juvenile Delinquency, Peer Networks, Quantitative Methods, Social Psychology

Cesar J. Rebellon is a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society at George Mason University. His research has been 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.

Selected Publications

  • Gebo, Erika, Cesar J. Rebellon, and Heather Turner. Specifying the Nature of the Victim-Offender Overlap: A Gendered Analysis of Victimization and Offending Subtypes. In press, Victims and Offenders.
  • Cole, Lindsey M., Nadine T. Maliakkal, Stacy A. Jeleniewski, Cesar J. Rebellon, Karen T. Van Gundy, and Ellen S. Cohn. 2021. The Differential Effects of Parental Style on Parental Legitimacy and Domain Specific Adolescent Rule-Violating Behaviors. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 30(5):1229-1246.
  • Sharp, Erin H., Jayson Seaman, Corinna J. Tucker, Karen T. Van Gundy, and Cesar J. Rebellon. 2020. Adolescents’ Future Aspirations and Expectations in the Context of a Shifting Rural Economy. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 49(2):534-548.
  • Rebellon, Cesar J., Rick Trinkner, Karen T. Van Gundy, and Ellen S. Cohn. 2019. No Guts, No Glory: Do Adolescent Peers Reward Risk Taking with Popularity? Deviant Behavior, 40(12):1464-1479.
  • Rebellon, Cesar J. and Paul Anskat. Crime, Deviance, and Social Control: Travis Hirschi and His Legacy. 2018. The Wiley Handbook of the History and Philosophy of Criminology, edited by Ruth A. Triplett. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Rebellon, Cesar J. and Murray A. Straus. 2017. Corporal punishment, social concern, and crime: An international analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Development, special issue: Family and Cultural Contexts of Parental Discipline and Children’s Adjustment, edited by Jennifer Lansford, 41(4):503-513.
  • Rebellon, Cesar J., Michelle E. Manasse, Robert Agnew, Karen T. Van Gundy, and Ellen S. Cohn. 2016. The Relationship between Gender and Delinquency: Assessing the Mediating Role of Guilt. Journal of Criminal Justice, 44:77-88.
  • Rebellon, Cesar J., J.C. Barnes, and Robert Agnew. 2015. A Unified Theory of Crime and Delinquency: Foundation for a Biosocial Criminology. The Routledge Handbook of Biosocial Criminology, pp. 3-22. Matthew J. Delisi and Michael G. Vaughn (Eds). Routledge.
  • Rebellon, Cesar J., Michelle E. Manasse, Karen T. Van Gundy, and Ellen S. Cohn. 2014. Rationalizing Delinquency: A Longitudinal Examination of the Reciprocal Relationship between Delinquent Attitudes and Behavior. Social Psychology Quarterly, 77(4):361-386.

Grants and Fellowships

  • 2017 – 2020: The interplay of emotion, cognitive, and authority factors in the Legal Socialization Model ($373,597). National Science Foundation, Grant #147904. Principal investigator: Ellen S. Cohn. Co-principal investigators: Cesar J. Rebellon and Karen T. Van Gundy.
  • 2010 – 2015: Legal Socialization and Rule-Violating Behavior ($250,000). National Science Foundation, Grant #1026803. Principal Investigator: Ellen S. Cohn. Co-Principal Investigators: Cesar J. Rebellon and Karen T. Van Gundy.
  • 2006 – 2010: Cognitive Developmental Factors and Rule-violating Behavior: The Role of Personal Attributes, Attitudes, and Peers ($254,918). National Science Foundation, Grant #0550145. Principal Investigator: Ellen S. Cohn. Co-principal Investigators: Cesar J. Rebellon and Karen T. Van Gundy.

Courses Taught

  • CRIM 210: Introduction to Criminology
  • CRIM 302: Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
  • CRIM 760: Evidence-Based Crime Policy


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Emory University, 2002.
  • M.A., Sociology, Emory University, 1999.
  • B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Rice University, 1996.