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Bill McCarthy

Bill McCarthy


2238 SS&H
Office Phone: 530-754-0774

Office Hours for Winter 2016 :

  • Tuesday and Thursday 3-4, 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. 2014. “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.

Other Publications

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