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2018 Annual Meeting - Atlanta, GA

Pre-Meeting Workshops

ASC Sponsored Workshops:

Fee: $75.00 ($30.00 for students)



Register for Workshops via the Annual Meeting Registration Form

To register for a Workshop only, use the Printer-Friendly Workshop Form


List of Registered Participants for the Pre-Meeting Workshops (coming soon)

*** Please note registration for a workshop is NOT registration for the ASC Annual Meeting which begins November 14.

Choice 1

Title:  Analyzing CCTV Data
Instructors: Wim Bernasco & Marie Lindegaard, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR)
Date & Time:  Tuesday, November 13th, 12:00 – 4:00 pm    Place: Room M301, Marquis Level

Criminologists rarely get to observe criminal behavior directly. What we know about crime is largely based on what we were told. However, the current widespread use of camera surveillance in public places offers criminologists the rare opportunity to systematically and unobtrusively observe crime as it unfolds. CCTV data provides unique insights into real-life and sequential behavior in, for example, situations where someone gets mugged, assaulted, or raped, robbed in a shop, or involved in drug exchange. These insights can potentially enrich our understanding of crime, and are likely to change our assumptions about many of its premises. In this workshop, participants will learn how to analyze CCTV data for criminological research. We will offer a method that integrates qualitative and quantitative techniques for analysis. Focus of the workshop will be how to carry out systematic analysis of behaviors in criminal events. By offering examples of research questions that are suitable to address with CCTV data, we will reflect on advantages and disadvantages of these data, compared to other data sources more commonly used in criminology. Through this workshop, participants will gain skills that will help them to carry out analysis of CCTV data in the future.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop, and to install the free software program ‘Boris’ beforehand. In the workshop, we will use the program to develop systematic coding of behaviors observed in a real-life criminal event, and to apply suitable statistical methods for analysis.

Choice 2

Title: Doing Narrative Criminology
Instructors: Sveinung Sandberg, University of Oslo &
Lois Presser, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Date & Time:  Tuesday, November 13th, 12:00 – 4:00 pm    Place: Room M302, Marquis Level


Narrative analysis have gained increased interest throughout the social sciences. Narrative criminology takes the perspective that stories influence action, therefore stories influence harmful action.  Most relevant are stories of who actors and others in the world are. The stories themselves – beyond the experiences and perspectives they report on – are impactful. This workshop teaches methodological strategies for doing narrative analysis in criminology. We describe different forms of narrative studies including thematic, structural, performative and dialogical narrative analysis. We further go into depth on issues such as the elements of narrative, characters, metaphors, and narrative boundary work. We discuss genres, narrative coherences and plurivocality, and the importance of narrative environment or storytelling context. The workshop will focus on methods for analyzing narratives as well as questions of the importance, truth and validity of stories.

Choice 3

Title: Structural Equation Modeling
Instructors: John Hipp, University of California, Irvine
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 13th, 12:00 – 4:00 pm     Place: Room M304, Marquis Level


This course introduces the use of structural equation models (SEMs).  Although Bengt Muthen has argued that SEM’s are simply a general way of thinking about models, and that all existing quantitative methods are simply special cases of SEM (just with some particularly strong assumptions on occasion), we will focus on two particular features of SEM:  1) the ability to estimate more than one equation at a time, and 2) the ability to take into account the measurement error present in nearly all concepts measured in the social sciences.  The course will focus on the specification, estimation, and assessment of various types of SEM models.  We will focus on using a full information maximum likelihood estimator (given that it is most commonly used in SEM analyses), although we will briefly cover available limited information estimators.  We will use Stata to estimate the models (Stata 12 was the first version of Stata to include the ‘sem’ command).




  Enrollment is limited to 50 for all workshops.
  *No laptops provided.  Power strips will be available for all workshops.

Title: The ASC Code of Ethics and the Role of the Department Chair*
Instructors: Margaret Weigers Vitullo, Deputy Director, American Sociological Association;
Jay Albanese, Virginia Commonwealth University, ASC Ethics Committee Chair;
Claire Renzetti, University of Kentucky, ASC Ethics Committee Member
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 13th, 2:30 – 5:00 pm     Place: Room M101, Marquis Level


*Although this workshop is intended for department chairs, others in departmental supervisory roles, such as program directors and directors of graduate studies, may also benefit from participating.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Claire Renzetti (Claire.renzetti@uky.edu) or Jay Albanese (jsalbane@vcu.edu).


In 2016, the ASC membership approved the Code of Ethics with the goals of providing a set of general principles and ethical standards to guide criminologists in their professional responsibilities and conduct, and to express the values and ideals of the ASC for ethical behavior by ASC members in the context of their professional activities.  Department chairs are often the individuals to whom faculty and students initially report a potential ethics violation.  The purpose of this interactive workshop is to help department chairs understand the various elements of the ASC Code of Ethics and the types of complaints they may receive, as well as share strategies for preventing ethics violations and for responding to various types of complaints. 

To register for this workshop, use the Printer-Friendly Workshop-Ethics Form


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