Chris Melde

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


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Chris Melde is Associate Director, Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He is an affiliated faculty member in Global Urban Studies and the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University, and a research associate at the Michigan Justice Statistics Center. He serves as a subject matter expert with the University of Michigan’s National Center for School Safety, focusing on the role of law enforcement in school-based delinquency prevention. His primary research interests include street gangs, youth violence, crime prevention, individual and community reactions to crime and victimization risk, and program evaluation. He is currently the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on several funded projects, including a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded randomized controlled trial of a comprehensive school safety initiative and an NIJ funded city-level mixed methods study on the association between immigration and victimization. Dr. Melde was awarded the 2015 Tory J. Caeti Memorial Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Juvenile Justice section, given in recognition of the contribution of emerging scholars to the field of juvenile justice, for his work on gangs and youth violence prevention.


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