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Christopher Melde, PhD

Associate Professor

2007 PhD, University of Missouri - St. Louis
2004 MA, University of Missouri - St. Louis
2001 BA, Loras College


Chris Melde is an associate professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. His primary research interests include program evaluation, the impact of violent offending and victimization on adolescent development, street gangs, reactions to victimization risk, and criminological theory. He is currently working on an NIJ funded multi-method multi-site study of the impact of gang desistance on adolescent development, especially as it relates to violent offending and victimization. He has also recently worked on the evaluation of Lansing, Michigan’s Neighborhood Stabilization and Youth Violence Initiative; the evaluation of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative; the National Evaluation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.); and the National Evaluation of the Teens, Crime, and the Community: Community Works Program.  His recent work has appeared in such outlets as Criminology, Criminology and Public Policy, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and Journal of Quantitative Criminology.


The Practicalities of Targeted Gang Interventions

Year: 2013 Authors: Melde, C. Journal: Criminology and Public Policy

Gangs and Violence: Disentangling the Impact of Gang Membership on the Level and Nature of Offending

Year: 2013 Authors: Melde, C., and Esbensen, F.A. Journal: Journal of Quantitative Criminology

Gang Membership as a Turning Point in the Life Course

Year: 2011 Authors: Melde, C., and Esbensen, F.A. Journal: Criminology

I Got Your Back’: Examining the Protective Function of Gang Membership in Adolescence

Year: 2009 Authors: Melde, C., Taylor, T.J., and Esbensen, F.A. Journal: Criminiology

*2010 The William L. Simon/Anderson Publishing Outstanding Paper Award: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences