Lin Liu

Assistant Professor

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Office: MARC-270

Phone: 302.766.5082


Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Liu’s research and expertise revolves around criminal justice actors’ focal concerns, criminal offending trajectories, the heterogeneous needs of released prisoners, and quantitative methodologies. Her research has appeared in such journals as Crime & Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and Sociological Inquiry. Prior to earning her Ph.D., Dr. Liu served seven years as a prosecutor in Beijing, China.

Selected Publications

Liu, Lin, Dunlea, R. R., & Besiki L. Kutateladze. 2021. "Time for Time: Uncovering Case Processing Duration as a Source of Punitiveness." Crime & Delinquency. OnlineFirst.

Liu, Lin,. 2020. “Parole, Neighborhood and Reentry Outcomes: A Contextualized Analysis.” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. OnlineFirst.

Liu, Lin, Visher, Christy A., and Daniel J. O'Connell. 2020. “The Strain From Procedural Injustice on Parolees: Bridging Procedural Justice Theory and General Strain Theory.” Crime & Delinquency, 66, 250-276.

Areas of Expertise

Criminological Theory | Procedural Justice | Prosecution & Sentencing | Juvenile Delinquency | Quantitative Methodologies


Ph.D., University of Delaware, Criminology, 2020
M.S., University of Delaware, Statistics, 2020
M.A., University of Delaware, Criminology, 2016