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Paul Stretesky, Professor of Criminology in Public Affairs

Paul Stretesky

​University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs
P.O. Box 173364 - Campus Box 142
Denver, CO 80217 - 3364​
Phone: (303) 315 - 2281
Fax: (303) 315 - 2229

Curriculum Vitae

Bio: Paul Stretesky received his PhD from Florida State University and has studied environmental justice and crime for the past 15 years. He is currently the co-editor (with M.J. Lynch) of the Ashgate book series entitled Green Criminology and helps coordinate the International Green Criminology, Environmental Crime, and Ecological Justice Working Group LISTSERV that consists of nearly 80 scholars located in more than a dozen countries. Dr. Stretesky has published three books, including Environmental Law, Crime and Justice in 2009 (co-authors R. Burns and M.J. Lynch). His work demonstrates why criminologists should be concerned with environmental harm and inequality and how they can better contribute to the emerging area of green criminology. Dr. Stretesky's current research is focused on the distribution and potential impact of non-profit organizations that engage in environmental policing. In addition to books and dozens of book chapters, Dr. Stretesky has published over 50 peer reviewed research articles on environmental justice, crime and violence. Some of that research has been funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, state and local criminal justice agencies, and non-profit organizations. His most prominent works include the study of the relationship between lead and homicide (with M.J. Lynch) published in the American Medical Association’s Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the examination of relationship between race and lead exposure (with M.J. Lynch) published in the American Sociological Association’s Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and the predictors of corporate environmental self-policing published in American Society of Criminology’s Criminology. Dr. Stretesky teaches courses in statistics, environmental justice, and environmental crime. He also engages in community-centered research and is now working with Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons, Inc., a Colorado-based non-profit organization. He co-directs (with Dr. Burton) the School's Environmental Policy, Management, and Law Concentration and is co-chair (with Dr. Martin) of the University Core Curriculum and Oversight Committee.

​​Ashgate Series in Green Criminology [Here]

Green Criminology Website [Here]​

Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons, inc. [Here]​

UCD Core Curriculum and Oversight Committee [Here]​

​Representative Publications:

Selected Books

Pogrebin, Mark, Paul B. Stretesky, and Prabha Unnithan. 2009. Guns, Violence, and Criminal Behavior: Accounts from the Inside. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, pp. 155.


  1. ​This qualitative​ study succeeds in probing past false stereotypes and stereotypical definitions of criminal behavior...[It] is a timely work that answers the critical questions of why and how these gun offenses occur....An important read for academics and non-academics alike - Contemporary Sociology
  2. Outstanding...Superbly designed and executed, and full of insights into the attitudes of inmates who had committed gun crimes - Criminal Justice Review
  3. Provides rich, firsthand insights into the extended motivations and justifications of offenders...An excellent addition. Highly recommended - Choice

Burns, Ronald G., Michael Lynch & Paul B. Stretesky. 2008. Environmental Law, Crime, and Justice: An Introduction. New York, NY: LFB Scholarly Publishing, pp. 298.

Selected Peer Reviewed Articles

Lynch, Michael J., and Paul B. Stretesky. 2013. The distribution of water-monitoring organizations across states: Implications for community environmental policing and social justice. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 36 (1): in press.

Stretesky, Paul B., Sheila Huss, & Michael J. Lynch. 2012. Density dependence and specialized environmental justice organizations, 1970-2008. The Social Science Journal, 49 (3): 343–51.

Stretesky, Paul B., Sheila Huss, Michael J. Lynch, Sammy Zarhan, & Bob Childs. 2011. The founding of environmental justice organizations across counties during the 1990s and 2000s: Civil rights and environmental cross movement effects. Social Problems, 58 (3): 330–60.

Stretesky, Paul B., Tara O. Shelley, & Matthew S. Crow. 2010. Do conservation organizations influence the social production of natural resource violations? Organization and Environment, 23 (4): 398–416.

Stretesky, Paul B., & Michael J. Lynch. 2009. A cross-national study of the association between per capita carbon dioxide emissions and exports to the United States. Social Science Research 38 (1): 239–50.

Stretesky, Paul B. 2009. National case-control study of homicide offending and methamphetamine use. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24 (6): 911–24.

Stretesky, Paul B., & Mark R. Pogrebin. 2007. Gang related gun violence: Socialization, identity and self. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 36 (1):85–114.


  1. Loseke, D. 2013. Methodological Thinking: Basic Issues in Social Research Design. Sage. Pp. 179-87.
  2. Pogrebin, M. 2012. About Criminals. Sage. Pp. 129–44.
  3. Cahill, S.E., & K. Sandstrom. 2010. Readings in Social Psychology and Microsociology. Oxford University Press. Pp. 173–82.
  4. Cromwell, P. 2009. In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime. Oxford University Press. Pp. 301–23.
  5. Hornsby, R. & Hobbs, R. 2008. Gun Crime. Ashgate. Pp. 3–32.

Stretesky, Paul B. 2006. Corporate self-policing and the environment. Criminology, 44 (3): 671–708.


  1. White, R. 2009. Environmental Crime. Willan. Pp. 608–30.

Stretesky, Paul B., & Jackie Gabriel. 2005. Self-policing and the environment: Predicting self-disclosure of Clean Air Act violations under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Audit Policy. Society and Natural Resources, 18 (10): 871–87.

Stretesky, Paul B., Amie M. Schuck & Michael J. Hogan. 2004. Space matters: An analysis of poverty, poverty clustering, and violent crime. Justice Quarterly, 21 (4):817–41.

Stretesky, Paul B., & Michael J. Lynch. 2004. The relationship between lead and crime. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 45 (2): 214–29.

Lynch, Michael J., & Paul B. Stretesky. 2003. The meaning of green: Towards a clarification of the term green and its meaning for the development of a green criminology. Theoretical Criminology, 7 (2): 217–38.


  1. White, R. 2009. Environmental Crime. Willan. Pp. 84–103.
  2. ​South, N., & P. Beirne. 2006. Green Criminology. Ashgate. Pp. 507–28.

Stretesky, Paul B., 2003. Environmental inequity and the distribution of air lead levels across U.S. counties: Implications for the production of racial inequality. Sociological Spectrum, 23 (1): 91–118.

Stretesky, Paul B., & Michael J. Lynch. 2002. Environmental hazards and school segregation in Hillsborough County Florida, 1987-1999. Sociological Quarterly, 43 (4): 553–73.

Stretesky, Paul B., & Michael Lynch. 2001. The relationship between lead exposure and homicide. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 155 (5): 579–82

Lynch, Michael J., Paul B. Stretesky & Paul Hammond. 2000. Media coverage of chemical crimes, Hillsborough County, Florida, 1987-1997. British Journal of Criminology, 40 (1): 111–25.

Stretesky, Paul B., & Michael J. Hogan. 1998. Environmental justice: an analysis of superfund sites in Florida. Social Problems, 45 (2): 268–87.
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