Christopher Near

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Christopher Near
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Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

B.A., Sociology, Indiana University

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan


Dr. Christopher Near joined Northern State University in 2020 as an assistant professor. He taught previously at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Courses Taught

CJUS 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CJUS 433 Criminal Procedure

SOC 455 Juvenile Delinquency

SOC/CJUS 492 Movies & Crime

CJUS 380 Research/Data Analysis in Criminal Justice


Research Interests

The relationship of socio-economic status to family interactions, including parent and grandparent attitudes and behaviors; and child cognitive achievement and behavior problems


Recent Publications

Xie, Yu, Christopher E. Near, Hongwei Xu, and Xi Song. 2020. Heterogeneous Treatment Effects on Children’s Cognitive/Non-Cognitive Skills:  A Reevaluation of an Influential Early Childhood Intervention. Social Science Research, 86: 1-18.


Dunifon, Rachel E., Kelly A. Musick, and Christopher E. Near. 2020. Time with Grandchildren: Subjective Well-Being among Grandparents Living with their Grandchildren. Social Indicators Research, 148: 681–702.


Dunifon, Rachel E., Christopher E. Near, and Kathleen M. Ziol-Guest. 2018. Backup Parents, Playmates, Friends: Grandparents’ Time with Grandchildren. Journal of Marriage and Family, 80: 752–767.


Xie, Yu, Alexandra Killewald, and Christopher Near. 2016. Between- and Within-Occupation Inequality: The Case of High-Status Professions. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 63: 53-79.


Near, Christopher E. 2013. Selling Gender: Associations of Box Art Representation of Female Characters with Sales for Teen- and Mature-rated Video Games. Sex Roles, 68: 252–269.