Aleksandra SnowdenAleksandra J. Snowden

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Ph.D., Indiana University
M.A., Indiana University
B.A., Indiana University

Email: snowdena@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-6874
Room: 1115 Enderis Hall

Aleksandra J. Snowden is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Criminal Justice in the Helen Bader School Of Social Welfare. She received her Ph.D. in 2012 from Indiana University.

Dr. Snowden's main research interests include:

  1. Crime analysis and crime mapping;
  2. The role of alchohol availability on crimes, violence, and injury and
  3. Advanced spatial analytical methods such as spatial regression and Risk Terrain Modeling.

Other research interests include police reform in post-conflict societies and criminal justice education.

Her background in crime analysis began in 2009 with her interest to analyze serious crimes in Bloomington, Indiana. In her research, she uses sophisticated crime analysis techniques to determine the factors that contribute to crime, violence, and injury in neighborhoods. Her training and background in analyses of crime contributes to the department's focus on crime analysis.

Dr. Snowden's latest research projects examined urban city crimes and college town crimes and assessed how serious crimes (such as assaults, intimate partner violence, and robbery) are influenced by neighborhood characteristics (such as availability of alcohol, social disorganization, poverty, and others). The analyses of those crimes suggested an important role of alcohol availability in neighborhood level crimes. This finding is especially important because the association between alcohol availability (i.e., density of alcohol outlets) and neighborhood crimes is attracting greater attention in the criminal justice and criminology literature, among policymakers, and among funding agencies.

Dr. Snowden's most recently published study in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse used both systematic social observation and a survey of key informants to determine what specific characteristics of alcohol outlets were associated with higher levels of neighborhood crimes. Analyses of crimes suggested that a wide array of characteristics - such as the immediate physical environment in which those outlets are located, the outlet business practices, the staff who work there, and the patrons who visits the outlets - contribute to crimes in various ways. This truly innovative research extends the envelope of what we already know about causes and correlates of crimes and it helps clarify the scientific record on the subject of considerable importance to communities, policymakers, and scholars.

Dr. Snowden is an active member of the American Society of Criminology and the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol.


Ph.D., Indiana University
M.A., Indiana University
B.A., Indiana University

Professional Interests

  • Crime mapping and crime analysis
  • Alcohol availability, crimes, violence, and injury
  • Spatial analytical methods, spatial regression, Risk Terrain Modelling


Snowden, A.J., & Pridemore, W.A. (2014) Off-premise alcohol outlet characteristics and violence. Forthcoming in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Snowden, A.J., & Pridemore, W.A. (2013). Alcohol and violence in a non-metropolitan college town: Alcohol outlet density, outlet type, and assault. Journal of Drug Issues, 43(3), 357-373.

Snowden, A.J., & Pridemore, W.A. (2013). Alcohol outlets, social disorganization, land use, and violence in a large college town: Direct and moderating effects. Criminal Justice Review, 38(1), 29-49.

Snowden, A.J., & Verma, A. (2010). Police and Crime Fighting in Kosovo. In M. Palmiotto & P. Unnithan (Eds.), Policing and Society: A Global Approach (pp. 109-109). Cengage Learning.

Pridemore, W.A., & Snowden, A.J. (2009). Reduction in suicide mortality following a new national alcohol policy: An interrupted time series analysis of Slovenia. American Journal of Public Health, 99, 915-920.

Snowden, A.J., & Pridemore, W.A. (2008). The 2003 Slovenian alcohol policy: Background, supporters, and opponents. Contemporary Drug Problems, 35, 5-35.

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Criminology

Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol

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