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Liena Gurevich

Associate Professor of Sociology


PHD, 2004, New York Univ (NYU); MA, 1996, New York Univ (NYU); BA, 1993, SUNY Coll Purchase


Liena Gurevich has been teaching sociology and criminology at Hofstra since 2004. Her research involves examination of the patterns of violence against children by their parents and caretakers. She is also interested in the revival of socio-biological perspective in social sciences and is currently working on the theoretical project regarding the possibility of integrating social constructionist and socio-biological perspectives in their application to the studies of crime and deviance.

Dr. Gurevich is a Director of the Criminology program and her current efforts concentrate on making Hofstra Criminology a leading Restorative Justice program in the area.


SOC 004 Contemporary Society
SOC 007 Crime & Delinquency
SOC 160 Sociology of Gender

Selected Publications

Gurevich, Liena. 2010. “Parental Child Murder and Child Abuse in Anglo-American Legal System.” Trauma, Violence and Abuse 11:18-26.

Gurevich, Liena. 2010. “Age, Capitalism, and Crime.” In Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory, edited by Francis T. Cullen and Pamela Wilcox. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Gurevich, Liena. 2009. “Book Review: MacKinnon, C. (2007). Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues.” Violence Against Women 15:991-996.

Gurevich, Liena. 2009.  “Using Injuries of Race in Child Abuse and Homicide Trials.” Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law, and Society 22:299-311.

Gurevich, Liena. 2009. “The Reproduction of Race/Class/Gender Discrimination by Legal Discourses: Trials of Parents for Child Abuse and Homicide.” International Review of Modern Sociology 35(1).

Gurevich, Liena. 2008. "Patriarchy? Paternalism? Contemporary Motherhood in Trials of Crimes Against Children.” Sociological Perspectives 51:515-539.           

Gurevich, Liena. 2007. “Maternal Responsibility for Child Physical Abuses.” In Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence, edited by Claire Renzetti and Jeffrey Edelson. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Persell, Caroline Hodges, Adam Green, and Liena Gurevich. 2001. "Interdependencies of Social Justice, Civil Society and Social Tolerance." Sociological Forum 16:203-230.

Teaching Interests

Criminology, Gender and Punishment, Restorative Justice.

Research Interests

Crimes against Children, Human Rights, Punishment Processes in the US.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
CRM 187Z (IS) VIOLENCE & SOCIETY Undergraduate
SOC 007 (BH) CRIME & DELINQUENCY Undergraduate
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