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Assistant Professor Sociology twarner2@unl.edu (402) 472-3080 705 Oldfather Hall

Curriculum Vitae

Current Research

My scholarship lies at the intersection of victimology, health, life course sociology and neighborhood stratification. As a sociological criminologist, I extend principles of life course criminology beyond offending to focus on the processes, situations, and environments in which violent victimization and health-compromising deviant risk behaviors are embedded and unfold during adolescence and young adulthood. I pursue these lines of research by examining two key developmental contexts: interpersonal/intimate relationships and neighborhoods, with attention to both the convergence of these contexts and the dynamic interplay between developmental contexts and individual lives.

In my research on relational contexts, I examine intimate partner violence and sexual victimization, the role of each for repeat victimization and problem behaviors, and the consequences of youth violent victimization for later socioemotional and relational development. As another example of the expanding circle of contexts to which individuals are exposed during adolescence and young adulthood, neighborhoods are spaces in which victimization risks are concentrated, and in which deviant risk-taking behaviors may emerge. My scholarship on neighborhood contexts focuses on the consequences of neighborhood violence and also seeks to capture geographic variation in (and correlates of) deviant risk-taking that undermines health, development, and well-being.

Student Opportunties

I work with graduate students interested in youth risk and resilience, broadly defined—e.g., offending, criminal justice contact, victimization, and substance use. I also collaborate with students interested in neighborhood effects, particularly with attention to the distribution of risk behaviors and victimization experiences across the urban/rural continuum.

I have worked with several Sociology undergraduate USTAR students through my research following student scholars of the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy (NCPA). Read more about our work here. Opportunities for undergraduate collaboration on this project are ongoing.

Current Teaching

I teach the Sociology of Crime (SOCI 209), Juvenile Delinquency (SOCI 311), Deviance (SOCI 474/874, and undergraduate research methods, Introduction to Social Research I (SOCI 205). At the graduate-level I have taught seminars in adolescent development and neighborhood stratification.

Selected Publications

Warner, Tara D., David F. Warner, and Danielle C. Kuhl. 2017. “Cut to the Quick: The Consequences of Youth Violent Victimization for the Timing of Dating Debut and First Union Formation.” American Sociological Review, 82: 1241-1271. 

 Warner, Tara D. 2018. “Adolescent Sexual Risk-Taking: The Distribution of Attitudes and Behaviors across Distinct Neighborhood Contexts.” Journal of Adolescent Health, 62:226-233.

Warner, Tara D. Christopher A. Allen, Bonnie S. Fisher, Christopher P. Krebs, Sandra Martin, and Christine H. Lindquist. 2018. “Individual, Behavioral, and Situational Correlates of the Drugging Victimization Experiences of College Women.” Criminal Justice Review, 43:23-44.

Thrash, Courtney and Tara D. Warner. 2016. “The Geography of Normative Climates: An Application to Adolescent Substance Use.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45: 1587-1603.

Warner, Tara D. 2016. “Up in Smoke: Neighborhood Contexts of Marijuana Use from Adolescence through Young Adulthood.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45:35-53.

Recent Grant Activity

2018   Principal Investigator, “Fear of Crime and Attitudes Toward Gun Ownership in the U.S.” University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Arts and Sciences Faculty ENHANCE Award.  $5,000

2017-2019  Co-Principal Investigator (with Neeta Kantamneni), “Promoting Positive Youth Development and Fostering Critical Consciousness through College Preparation.” University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Office of Undergraduate Admissions $94,000

Other Information

2018-2020   Executive Counselor, Division of Communities and Place, American Society of Criminology

2016-2018  Advisory Group member (Susan Chibnall, Project Director), “NIJ Longitudinal Cohort Study of Interpersonal Violence Among College-Aged Women and Men: Planning Phase.” National Institute of Justice

Ph.D. Bowling Green State University

Areas of Specialization:

  • Victimization 
  • Crime & Delinquency 
  • Health & Well-being
  •  Neighborhoods           
  • Adolescence & Emerging Adulthood