Marvin D. Krohn
Professor of Criminology
I was born and raised as a Jersey boy but left there at the age of 18 to begin my academic odyssey. I received an undergraduate degree in psychology from the College of Wooster (Ohio) with the intention of working with juvenile delinquents. I pursued that interest in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland only to find out that I was less than effective in dealing with delinquents. With no apparent career in sight, I decided I might as well stay in school, eventually earning a Ph.D. from the Department of Criminology at Florida State University.
I have had the pleasure of teaching students at the University of Iowa, the State University of New York at Albany and now here at the University of Florida. I have pursued and expanded my original interest in juvenile delinquency through my teaching and research. I am fascinated with the reasons why people commit crime and enjoy most teaching criminological theory courses. I have been involved with the Rochester Youth Development Study (RYDS) for over twenty years. The RYDS began as a longitudinal panel study of high risk (for serious delinquency) adolescents. It has since expanded to encompass the full life course from childhood to adulthood as we now have data spanning the ages of 14 to 31 years old. We have collected data from three generations of the families of our original target subjects allowing us to explore issues ranging from the childhood precursors of delinquency (including intergenerational transmission), involvement in delinquent behavior and gangs during adolescence, and the consequences of such involvement for life chances as an adult.
On a personal level, I love the outdoors and am therefore very grateful that I am teaching in the aptly named “Sunshine State.” I like to swim and surf (body surf that is…the true form of surfing), bike, dance, and work on my tan. Although I am interested in all sports, my true passion is the game of soccer having played, coached and refereed at various times in my life.
I truly enjoy the interactions I have with most students and colleagues. I take particular pleasure watching them grow intellectually, and for some, being involved in that process.