Chris Melde

Chris  Melde
  • Director | Professor
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • PhD 2007, University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • MA 2004, University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • BA 2001, Loras College
  • 544 Baker Hall
  • 655 Auditorium Rd.
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 353-0850 | (517) 355-2192


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Professor Chris Melde is Director of the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He is an affiliated faculty member of the Youth Equity Project in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University, as well as in Global Urban Studies and the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. He is also a research associate at the Michigan Justice Statistics Center, the State’s official statistical analysis center. He serves as a subject matter expert for the National Center for School Safety, focusing on the role of law enforcement in school-based delinquency prevention and comprehensive approaches to school safety. His primary research interests include street gangs, youth violence, crime prevention, and individual and community reactions to crime and victimization risk. He is currently the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on several funded projects, including a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded long-term follow-up of respondents from the second national evaluation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.) that began in 2006 when participants were in the sixth or seventh grade. He also serves as research partner for Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) programs in Detroit and Jackson, Michigan, and a subject matter expert for national training and technical assistance requests for PSN. Dr. Melde was awarded the 2015 Tory J. Caeti Memorial Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Juvenile Justice and Delinquency section, given in recognition of the contribution of emerging scholars to the field of juvenile justice and delinquency, for his work on gangs and youth violence prevention.

Selected Publications

Is the recent surge in violence in American cities due to contagion?

Year: 2021 Authors: Brantingham, P.J., Carter, J.G., MacDonald, J.M., Melde, C., & Mohler, G.O. Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice

Comprehensive Approaches to Addressing Mental Health Needs and Enhancing School Security: A Hybrid Type II Cluster Randomized Trial

Year: 2020 Authors: Eisman, A.B., Heinze J., Kilbourne A.M., Franzen, S., Melde, C., & McGarrell, E. Journal: Health and Justice

Selection, Stability, and Spuriousness: Testing Gottfredson and Hirschi’s Propositions to Reinterpret Street Gangs in Self-Control Perspective

Year: 2021 Authors: Pyrooz, D., Melde, C., Coffman, D., & Meldrum, R. Journal: Criminology

Gangs in the Era of Internet and Social Media

Year: 2020 Authors: Melde, C., & Weerman, F. Publisher: Springer

“Nerve” and Violent Encounters: An Assessment of Fearlessness in the Face of Danger

Year: 2020 Authors: Melde, C., Berg, M., & Esbensen, F.A. Journal: Criminology