College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

Gayle Rhineberger-Dunn

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
Faculty - Associate Professor of Criminology


Popular Culture and Crime, Ethics, Communities and Crime, Crime Theory, Inequality and Crime


2003 Ph.D., Sociology, Western Michigan University; 1998 M.A., Sociology, Colorado State University; 1996 B.A., Sociology, College of St. Benedict

Research Interests

Testing systemic social disorganization theory and the factors that mediate its effect on crime at the neighborhood level. Perception and construction of criminal justice ethics. Popular culture and crime, particularly the portrayal of juvenile delinquents, as well as the characteristics and relationships among "leading" characters in crime

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Rhineberger-Dunn, Gayle M.  2013. “Myth versus Reality: Comparing the Depiction of Juvenile

Delinquency in Small Town Newspapers with Arrest Data.”  Sociological Inquiry, DOI: 10.1111/soin.12006 (Published online in Early View).

 +Schotter, Casey James and Gayle Rhineberger-Dunn.  (In Press).  The I-35W Bridge Collapse:

Crimes of Commission and Omission Resulting from the Confluence of State Processes and Political-Economic Conditions.  Forthcoming,  Critical Criminology

 +Koeppel, Maria D.H., Gayle Rhineberger-Dunn, and Kristen Mack.  2013.  “Cross-National Homicide: A Review and Analysis of the Literature.”   Forthcoming, International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice

Rhineberger-Dunn, Gayle M. 2011. “Comparing Large and Small Metropolitan Newspaper  Coverage of  Delinquency with Arrest Data: Differential Coverage or More of the Same?”   Criminal Justice Students: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society, 24(3):275-296.

 Rhineberger-Dunn, Gayle and Susan M. Carlson. 2011.  “An Analysis of the Mediating Effects of Social  Relations and Controls on Neighborhood Crime Victimization.”  Western Criminology    Review, 12(1):15-34.

 Rader, Nicole E. and Gayle M. Rhineberger-Dunn.  2010. “Portraying Violence against Women in  Television Crime Dramas.” Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 17(1):231-263.

Rhineberger-Dunn, Gayle and Susan M. Carlson. 2009. "Confirmatory Factor Analyses of Collective Efficacy and Police Satisfaction: A Research Note." Journal of Crime and Justice, Forthcoming.

Rhineberger-Dunn, Gayle, Nicole Rader, and Kevin D. Williams. 2008. "Constructing Juvenile Delinquency through Crime Drama: A Historical Analysis of Law & Order." Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture 15(1): 94-116.

Rhineberger-Dunn, Gayle M. and Megan C. Mullins. 2008. " Exploring Academic Discourse on Criminal Justice Ethics: Where are We?" Journal of Crime and Justice 31(1):81-111.

Rhineberger, Gayle. 2006. "Research Methods and Research Ethics Coverage in Criminology and Criminal Justice Textbooks." Journal of Criminal Justice Education 17(2): 279-296.

Rhineberger, Gayle M., David J. Hartmann, and Thomas L. Van Valey. 2005. "Triangulated Research Designs- A Justification?" Journal of Applied Sociology 22(1):56-66.

Book Chapters:
Hartmann, David J. and Gayle Rhineberger-Dunn. "Issues in Criminal Justice Evaluation: Evaluating Michigan's Drug Courts." Book Chapter in Doing Sociology. Eds. Jammie Price, Jeff Breese and Roger Strauss. Forthcoming, 2009.

Other Publications:
Hartmann, David J., Gayle Rhineberger-Dunn, and Thomas L. Van Valey. 2007. "A Comment on Boeri's Iterative Triangulation." Journal of Applied Social Science 1(1):49-51.


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