Dr Maria Joao Antunes

Assistant Professor


Contact Info

CLA, Room 3351


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


Dr. Joan Antunes is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Towson University. She earned her BSc from the University of Bristol, an MS from Northeastern and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on intersections of neighborhood and youth negative outcomes, primarily violence, exposure to violence, and antisocial behavior. Dr. Antunes and Dr. Eileen Ahlin are 2016 recipients of the National Institute of Justice’s W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship and are currently using the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods to study the effects of inner-city mobility on immigrant and minority youth outcomes. Recently, Dr. Antunes was awarded the Towson University Diversity Faculty Fellowship and is introducing a new course on Immigrants and Criminal Justice. Her most recent scholarship can be seen in Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Aggression and Violent Behavior, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Race and Justice: An International Journal, and Journal of Youth and Adolescence.