Jessica M. Craig

Dr. Jessica M. Craig
Assistant Professor
Full-Time Faculty
(940) 565-3464
Chilton Hall


  • University of Texas at Dallas, Ph.D. (2015)
  • University of Texas at Dallas, M.S. (2013)
  • Texas A&M University, B.S. (2011)

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, University of North Texas (2015-Present)

Biographical Sketch

Jessica M. Craig is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas. She received her Bachelors of Science in Sociology and Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2011. She received both her Masters of Science (2013) and Ph.D. (2015) in Criminology from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Craig’s research interests include investigating crime over the life course and differences in these effects by race/ethnicity and gender. For instance, she has focused on the role of key life transitions such as marriage in promoting desistance from crime and if this effect differs by gender, race, and ethnicity. She is also interested in the role of individual differences in offending; her dissertation investigated the role of several personality traits in predicting white-collar crime. Her other research projects have centered on delinquency, testing criminological theories, and the use of advanced research methodologies.  Some of her recent work has been published in Journal of Criminal Justice, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, Crime & Delinquency, and Deviant Behavior.

She has taught Crime and Justice Policy, Community Corrections, and Criminology at the undergraduate level.