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Dr. Lening Zhang

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    Position: Professor of Criminal Justice

    Department: Criminal Justice, Francis Worldwide

    Office: Scotus 219

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    About Dr. Lening Zhang


    • Ph.D., Department of Sociology - State University of New York at Albany (1995)
    • Academic Profile
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    • Professional Activity
    • Community Involvement
    Academic Profile


    • Criminology
    • Alcohol Abuse
    • Drug Use
    • Hate Crimes
    • Juvenile Deliquency
    • China
    • Quantitative Methods

    Courses Taught

    • General Sociology
    • Social Problems
    • Sociological Theory
    • Research Methods
    • Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Policing
    • Drugs and Crime
    • Hate Crimes

    Research and Interests

    • crime
    • substance abuse
    • criminal justice
    • public health
    Academic Career Information
    • 2008-Present Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Saint Francis University
    • 2006-Present Director, The Rural Center for Applied Social, Health and Behavioral Research, Saint Francis University
    • 2006-Present Coordinator of the Sociology/Criminal Justice Program, Saint Francis University
    • 2002-2007 Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Saint Francis University
    • 1997-2001 Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Saint Francis University
    • 1995-1997Post-Doctoral Researcher, Research Institute on Addictions, Buffalo, New York
    • 1992-1995 Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, State University of New York at Albany
    • 1990-1991 Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, State University of New York at Albany
    Professional Activity

    Grant Awards

    • Principal Investigator. “Neighborhood Social Control and Disorder in Contemporary Urban China.” Award: $274,824. Award Period: September 2011-August 2014. National Science Foundation.


    • Jianhong Liu, Lening Zhang, and Steven F. Messner. (eds.) 2001. Crime and Social Control in a Changing China. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group Inc.

    Book chapters, book review, and special issue

    • Lening Zhang. “Crime Data and Criminological Research in Contemporary China” 2013. Handbook of Chinese Criminology, edited by Liqun Cao, William Hebenton, & Ivan Sun. London, UK: Routledge (forthcoming).
    • Lening Zhang. “Reintegrative Shaming Theory.” 2013. In Encyclopedia of Adolescence, edited by Roger Levesque. New York: Spinger (forthcoming).
    • Lening Zhang. 2011. “Transferring Western Theory: A Comparative and Culture-Sensitive Perspective of Crime Research in China.” Pp. 77-86 in Handbook on International Criminology, edited by Cindy Smith, Sheldon Zhang, and Rosemary Barberet. Milton Park, UK: Routledge.
    • Lening Zhang. 2010. “Crime and Punishment in China.” Pp. 64-71 in Crime and Punishment around the World. Volume 3: Asia/Pacific, edited by Doris Chu. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.
    • Xiaogang Deng and Lening Zhang. 2009. "China's Cultural Export and Its Surging Cultural Power in the World." Pp. 106-121 in China's Soft Power in the Contemporary World, edited by Mingjiang Li. Lanham, MD: Lexington-Rowman & Littlefield.
    • Xiaogang Deng and Lening Zhang. 2009. “The Dual System of Land Use Policy and Its Related Problems in Contemporary China.” Pp. 79-102 in China in an Era of Transition: Understanding Contemporary State and Society Actors, edited by Resa Hasmath and Jennifer Hsu, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Journal Articles

    • Xiaogang Deng, Lening Zhang, and Andrea Leverentz. 2010. “Official Corruption during China’s Economic Transition: Historical Patterns, Characteristics, and Government Reactions.” Contemporary Criminal Justice 26: 72-88.
    • Lening Zhang, Steven F. Messner, Jianhong Liu, and Yue Angela Zhuo. 2009. “Guanxi and Fear of Crime in Contemporary Urban China.” British Journal of Criminology 49: 472-490.
    • Mark Lynch, Lening Zhang, and Wynne Korr. 2009. “Research Training, Institutional Support, and Self-Efficacy: Their Impact on Research Activity of Social Workers.” Advances in Social Work 10: 193-210.
    • Jiangong Liu, Steven F. Messner, Lening Zhang, and Yue Angela Zhuo. 2009. “Socio-Demographic Correlates of Fear of Crime and the Social Context of Contemporary Urban China” American Journal of Community Psychology 44: 93-108.
    Community Involvement

    As director of The Rural Center for Applied Social, Health and Behavioral Research, Dr. Zhang has led the effort to provide research services to the school and local communities for applied research projects. In collaboration with the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health & Wellness at Saint Francis University, an initiative is undertaken for a research project on community health needs assessment for Blair, Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania.