Dr. Janet L. Lauritsen is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of victimization, the social and historical contexts of crime and victimization, and quantitative research methodologies. She is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, where she is working with data from the National Crime Victimization Survey to measure patterns and trends in repeat victimization. Her most recent publications cover topics such as long-term trends in reporting crime to the police, the relationship between changing economic conditions and violent victimization, and gender differences in risk factors for victimization as well as trends in offending. Dr. Lauritsen is a member of the Committee on Law and Justice for the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education at the National Academies of Science. She also serves on the Editorial Boards of several journals including Criminology, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Criminology & Public Policy, and the American Journal of Sociology.