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Bill McCarthy

Bill McCarthy


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Office Hours for Winter 2015 :

  • Tuesday 2:00-3:00, Thursday 10:00-11:00, or by appointment


  1. Ph.D., University of Toronto


Research Interests

  • Crime and delinquency
  • Health
  • Research Methods


Current Research

My current research involves four topics.  In the first project, Eric Grodsky (University of Wisconsin), Ann Meier (University of Minnesota) and I are examining the context of adolescent sex and its consequences for education, mental health and problem behavior. In the second project, Rosemary Gartner (University of Toronto) and I are examining homicide patterns in two Canadian and two American cities throughout the 20th century.  My third project is with Cecilia Benoit and Mikael Jansson (University of Victoria). We are analyzing the backgrounds and health of service workers from two comparable cities, one in the U.S. and one in Canada.  My fourth area of inquiry involves the study of juvenile crime.

Recent Publications


Benoit, Cecilia, Bill McCarthy, and Mikael Jansson. 2015. “Stigma, Sex Work, and Substance Use.” Sociology of Health and Illness 37 (3):

Williams, Monica and Bill McCarthy. 2015. “Assessing Stereotypes of Adolescent Rape.” Journal of Criminal Justice 42 (6) 557–567.

Gartner, Rosemary and Bill McCarthy. 2014. Oxford Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Crime. New York: Oxford University Press.

McCarthy, Bill, Cecilia Benoit, and Mikael Jansson. 2014. “Sex Work: A Comparative Study.” Archives of Sexual Behavior

Frederick, Tyler, Bill McCarthy, and John Hagan. 2013. “Perceived Danger and Offending: Exploring the Links between Violent Victimization and Street Crime.” Violence and Victims 28(1): 16-35.

McCarthy, Bill, Cecilia Benoit, Mikeal Jansson and Kat Kolar. 2012. “Regulating Sex Work: Heterogeneity in Legal Strategies.” Annual Review of Law and Social Science 8:255–71.

McCarthy, Bill and Eric Grodsky. 2011 “Sex in School: Adolescent Sex and Education.” Social Problems 58(2): 213-234.

Martin, Monica, Bill McCarthy, Rand D. Conger, Frederick X. Gibbons, Carolyn E. Cutrona, Gene H. Brody and Ronald L. Simons.  2011. “The Enduring Significance of Racism: Discrimination and Delinquency among African American Youth.” Journal of Research on Adolescence 21 (3): 662-676.

McCarthy, Bill and John Hagan. 2009. “Counting the Deaths in Darfur: Pitfalls on the Pathway to a Public Sociology.” Vincent Jeffries (ed.) Handbook of Public Sociology. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

McCarthy, Bill and Teresa Casey. 2008. "Love, Sex and Crime: Adolescent Romantic Relationships and Offending." American Sociological Review 73(6): 944-969.


Other Publications

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Research Clusters:

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Research Spotlight

Article Reference Uneven transitions: Period- and cohort-related changes in gender attitudes in China, 1995-2007 (Social Science Research, 41(5):1100--1115. 2012) Shu, X and Zhu, Y

Book Reference Banking and Welfare Reform: Results of the North Carolina Financial Services Survey (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2012) Stegman, MA and Faris, R

Article Reference Social networks and aggression at the Wheatley school (CNN Report. 2011) Faris, R and Felmlee, D

Article Reference The peer context and the development of the perpetration of adolescent dating violence (Journal of youth and adolescence, 42(4):471--486. 2013) Foshee, VA, Benefield, TS, Reyes, HLM, Ennett, ST, Faris, R, Chang, L, Hussong, A, and Suchindran, CM