- Pettengill Hall, Room 265
BA, JD, MA, Ph.D., Boston University
Professor Sylvester’s primary areas of research and teaching interest include criminology, sociology of law, crime analysis, criminological theory, the history of criminology, homicide studies, crime prevention, the forensic uses of social data, and classical sociological theory.
He has published in the areas of the history of criminological theory (1973, 1984), prison homicide (1977), and private security (1988). His current research is on the application of opportunity theory to techniques of situational crime prevention.