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Thomas McNulty

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Associate Professor

Dr. Thomas McNulty, Associate Professor of Sociology, has been at the University of Georgia since 1996. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University at Albany (SUNY) in 1996. His specialty areas include criminology and urban sociology.  Dr. McNulty's recent work focuses on testing multilevel theoretical models of racial and ethnic disparities in crime/violence, with emphasis on the intersection of individual differences and family, school, and neighborhood contexts. Related research stresses the role of persistent exposure to material hardship in the onset of externalizing and aggressive behavior in childhood, with implications for delinquency in adolescence.   

  • Ph.D., Sociology, The State University of New York at Albany, 1996
  • M.A.,  Sociology, The State University of New York at Albany, 1990
  • B.A., Sociology, The State University of New York at Albany, 1988
Selected Publications:
  • Watts, Stephen J. and Thomas L. McNulty.  2016.  “Genes, Parenting, Self-Control, and Criminal Behavior.”  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 60(4):469-491.   
  • DOI: 10.1177/0306624X14553813.
  • Watts, Stephen J. and Thomas L. McNulty.  2015.  "Delinquent Peers and Offending: Integrating Social Learning and Biosocial Theory."  Journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice 13(2):190-206.  DOI: 10.1177/1541204014523797
  • Carlson, Dan, Thomas L McNulty, Paul E. Bellair, and, Stephen  J. Watts.  2014.  “Neighborhoods and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Adolescent Risky Sexual Behavior.”   Journal of Youth and Adolescence 43(9):1536-1549.  DOI: 10.1007/s10964-013-0052-0
  • Bellair, Paul E., Thomas L McNulty, and Alex R. Piquero.  2016.  "Verbal Ability and Persistent Offending: A Race Specific Test of Moffitt's Theory."  Justice Quarterly 33(3):455-480.  DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2014.918166
  • McNulty, Thomas L., Paul E. Bellair, and Stephen J. Watts.  2013.  “Neighborhood Disadvantage and Verbal Ability as Explanations of the Black-White Difference in Adolescent Violence: Toward an Integrated Model.”  Crime and Delinquency 59(1):137-157.  DOI: 10.1177/0011128712461472
  • Watts, Stephen J. and Thomas L. McNulty.  2013.  “Childhood Abuse and Criminal Behavior: Testing a General Strain Theory Model.”  Journal of Interpersonal Violence.  28(15):3023-3040.  DOI: 10.1177/0886260513488696.
  • Bellair, Paul E. and Thomas L. McNulty. 2010. “Cognitive Skills, Adolescent Violence, and the Moderating Role of Neighborhood Disadvantage.” Justice Quarterly 27(4):538-559.
  • Bellair, Paul E. and Thomas L. McNulty. 2009. “Gang Membership, Drug Selling, and Violence in Neighborhood Context.” Justice Quarterly 26(4):644-669.
  • Bellair, Paul E. and Thomas L. McNulty. 2005. "Beyond the Bell-Curve: Community Disadvantage and the Explanation of Black-White Differences in Adolescent Violence." Criminology 43(4):1135-1168.
  • McNulty, Thomas L. and Paul E. Bellair. 2003. "Explaining Racial and Ethnic Differences in Serious Adolescent Violent Behavior." Criminology 41(3):701-730.


Of Note:
  • 2004-2009. Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Services Grant (#04056). "Sociocultural and Community Risk and Protective Factors for Child Maltreatment and Youth Violence." [$1,978,700].