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Christine Eith Portrait

Christine Eith, PhD

Assistant Professor

Keywords: Safety and violence; school climate and safety; security; urban education

O: (410) 516-0640

Christine Eith is a sociologist with a specialization in research methods, school violence and delinquency. She has taught numerous courses in the fields of sociology, criminology and in applied research methods. She is engaged in research focusing on violence reduction, interethnic social cohesion in urban centers, school safety and strategies to increase student connectedness in order to reduce delinquency and improve the learning environment. She has published research in the areas of school bonding, delinquency and violence, interaction between police and the public, and crisis communication. She also has experience managing national-level data collection efforts and grant management within the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2017, she received a 21st Century Cities Grant titled “Improving Interethnic Social Cohesion by Promoting Latino Participation in Neighborhood Associations.”


Ph.D. (Sociology) University of Delaware, 2004
M.A. (Sociology) Bowling Green State University, 1999
B.A. (Sociology) Wake Forest University, 1997

Research Methods

Improving Interethnic Social Cohesion by Promoting Latino Participation in Neighborhood Associations, 21st Century Cities (2017)

Evaluation of Baltimore Police Department Predictive Policing Experiment (2012)


Lachlan, Kenneth .A., Spence, Patric. R., & Eith, Christine A.(forthcoming, 2012). Emergency communication in the developing world: Considering intercultural differences and the needs of urban populations. In C. Okigbo (Ed.), Strategic Health Communication in Urban Contexts. Nairobi, Kenya: International Society for Urban Health.

Eith, C. and M. Durose (2011) “ Contacts Between the Police and Public, 2008”. US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Langton, L and C. Eith (2011) “Examining the Reporting Patterns of Victims: Preliminary Findings on the Role of Third Party Officials” Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology.

Eith, Christine A., Spence, Patric R., & Lachlan, Kenneth A. (2010). Social inequities and communicating during crises. In D. Brunson & L. Lampel (Eds.), Interracial communication: Contexts, communities, and choices. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt. Accepted for publication.

Spence, Patric R., Lachlan, Kenneth A., & Eith, Christine A. (2009). Vulnerability of the underclass: Why the most vulnerable are always the last to know. In J.D. Rivera (Ed.) Minority resiliency and the legacy of disaster. Accepted for publication.

Skinner, John, Nicole Bennett, & Christine A. Eith (2009) Baltimore Police Department Patrol Response Survey. U.S. Department of Justice; Community Oriented Policing Services.

Eith, Christine (2009) “Measuring police satisfaction one phone call at a time: An assessment of police initiated surveys.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; Boston, MA.

Eith Christine A. (2008). Juvenile Justice. In V.Parillo (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Thousand Oaks, CA; Sage Publications

Eith, Christine A., & Lachlan, Kenneth A. (2008). Video games. In H.T. Greene & S.L. Gabbidon (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Race and Crime. Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Publications.

Lachlan, Kenneth A., Spence, Patric R., & Eith, Christine A. (2007). Access to mediated emergency messages: Differences in crisis knowledge across age, race, and socioeconomic status. In R. Swan and K. Bates (Eds.) Through the eye of Katrina: Social justice in the United States (pp. 203-219). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.