Dr Maria Joao Antunes

Assistant Professor


Contact Information

CLA, Room 3219


Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, College Park, 2012
M.S., Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 1999
B.A., Psychology, University of Bristol (UK), 1996

Areas of Expertise

Theories of Crime and Delinquency
Juvenile Delinquency
Research Methods
Statistical Applications in Criminological Theory
Criminal Justice Processes


Joan Antunes spent her childhood in Lisbon, Portugal and moved back to the US to study criminology at the University of Maryland College Park. She was awarded her Ph.D. in 2012 and joined the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at Towson University in January 2013. Her research interests center on the intersections of neighborhood, family and youth development, with special focus on the influence of neighborhood disorder on youth violent and antisocial behavior. She currently teaches Introduction to Criminology and Theories of Crime.