Martha J Smith

Martha J Smith, Associate Professor, Wichita State University, USA

Email: martha.smith@wichita.edu

Martha J. Smith is an associate professor at the School of Community Affairs and director of the Center for the Study of Crime and Transportation at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A. Her research interests include: crime on public and private transport and on paratransit, situational crime prevention, decision making models, and vandalism.

Her interest in studying crime on public transport began while working at the New York City Criminal Justice Agency, where she directed the Transit Crime Study. Other studies in this area include: "Crime and Public Transit" (with Ron Clarke) for the Crime and Justice series; the POP Guide on Robbery of Taxi Drivers for the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing; and the recently completed Safe and Tranquil Travel: Preventing Crime and Disorder on Public Transport (edited with Derek Cornish) for the Jill Dando Institute. She is currently completing an analysis of data collected from interviews with taxi drivers working in Cardiff, Wales.

Her work on situational crime prevention (in the Crime Prevention Studies series) includes an edited volume, Theory for Practice in Situational Crime Prevention (with Derek Cornish), as well as articles on anticipatory benefits (with Ron Clarke and Ken Pease), vandalism decision making among 11-to-16-year-olds in London, and using civil remedies to regulate crime opportunities.

She received an A.B from Brown University, a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in criminal justice from Rutgers University. She can be reached at: martha.smith@wichita.edu.


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