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Paul Bellair named director of Criminal Justice Research Center

Paul Bellair, professor of sociology, has been named director of the Criminal Justice Research Center, effective June 1, 2019, through June 20, 2023, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

Bellair received his BA, MA and PhD, all in sociology, from University at Albany, SUNY, before joining Ohio State as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology in 1995.

His areas of expertise are in crime, deviance and social control, and his research explores the life circumstances that precede incarceration; racial and ethnic differences in violence; the relationship between community characteristics and crime; and how romantic relationships and employment influence offending patterns and recidivism, among other topics.