Christopher Near
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Tech Center 354

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan, 2016

B.A., Sociology, Indiana University, 2010



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 203 Policing in a Free Society (online)

CJUS 380 Research/Data Analysis in Criminal Justice

CJUS 433 Criminal Procedure (online)

SOC 455 Juvenile Delinquency (online)


Research Interests

White-collar crime and corporate wrongdoing

Consequences of crime for victims

Family structure and children's behavior problems


Recent Publications

In Press

Waid, Courtney A., Pamela Monaghan-Geernaert, Kristi Brownfield, and Christopher E. Near. The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Victim Service Provision in a Midwestern State: A Research Note. The Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research, Volume 11: Mobilizing Justice



Near, Christopher E. Mediators of the Relation of Family Income with Adolescent Behaviour Problems and Cognitive Achievement: Material Hardship, Parent Distress, and Parent Support. Infant and Child Development 31: e2316. 



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.