Andrew J. Baranauskas

Andrew J. Baranauskas, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
(585) 395-5502
Office: Brown 235


  • PhD, Northeastern University, 2018 – Criminology and Justice Policy
  • M.A., University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2012 – Criminal Justice
  • B.S., University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2011 – Criminal Justice

Areas of Specialty

  • Crime and media
  • Public opinion about crime and justice
  • Urban communities and crime
  • Criminological theory

Courses Taught

  • Criminology
  • Crime and Media
  • Death Penalty
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Race and Crime

Current Research Projects

  • Ongoing research into the social construction of violent crime in urban neighborhoods by the news media and the role of the media in shaping perceptions of crime in urban neighborhoods.
  • “The American City in Crime Films” (working title), a criminological examination of the role that cities play in crime movies.
  • Research into various types of public opinion on crime and the criminal justice system.
  • Member of the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium (RGVRC) through SUNY’s Rockefeller Institute of Government.

Honors Theses Advised

  • Stephanie Aubin, 2021-2022. “Capital Punishment in the United States: A Racially Biased Institution”
  • Natalie Bailey, 2022. “Manifestations of Crime and Justice in Nancy Drew Novels”
  • Alyssa Gadoury, 2022-2023. “A Water Analysis: The Green Victims of Rochester, New York”


Please feel free to contact me about research!  I’m always happy to work with students on research projects.