Martin D. Schwartz

Marty Schwartz 2
Professorial Lecturer
409 K
Phillips Hall
801 22nd St. NW
Washington DC 20052
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Prof. Schwartz is a criminologist who has specialized in two areas.  Most of his publications are in the area of violence against women, including sexual assault, physical assault, sexual harassment, and child sexual assault. His second area, where he has also published extensively, is in the area of criminological theory, and especially in critical criminology and left realist criminology.

Prof. Schwartz has won numerous awards for his teaching and research, including being the first social scientist named Presidential Research Scholar at Ohio University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and was recently given the Lifetime Research Achievement Award by the Critical Criminology Section of that group. Two different divisions of the American Society of Criminology (Critical Criminology, and Women and Crime) have given their lifetime achievement award to Prof. Schwartz. At Ohio University, he was named the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member, and twice won the Outstanding Teaching Award of the College of Arts and Sciences.

In his research, he has published 14 books, more than 70 refereed research articles, and another 75 book chapters, agency reports, or essays, and presented over 130 paper or invited presentations. Most recently he has co-authored a textbook in deviant behavior, and a book on the Male Peer Support Theory he and Walter DeKeseredy have been writing about for 25 years. Before that, they published a university press book on a research study looking into rural women who were sexually assaulted after deciding to end their relationships. They have most recently signed a contract with the University of California Press to publish their most recent work on violent assaults against women during relationship breakups.

Current Research

Male Peer Support for Violence Against Women
Policing Sexual Assault
Marital Status Variation in Interpersonal Violence Victimization


PhD University of Kentucky, 1985
MA State University of New York at Albany, 1972



Thio, Taylor and Schwartz, 2019, Deviant Behavior, 12th edition.  Pearson.

Walter S. DeKeseredy, Molly Dragiewicz and Martin D. Schwartz.  Abusive Endings: Separation and Divorce Violence Against Women.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.


DeKeseredy, Walter S., Martin D. Schwartz, et al., 2019.  “Technology-Facilitated Stalking and Unwanted Messages/Images on the College Campus: The Role of Negative Peer Support.” Sexualization, Media  & Society (SAGE Open).  (January-March): 1-30.   

DeKeseredy, Walter S., Martin D. Schwartz, et al.  2019.  “Polyvictimization and the Continuum of Sexual Abuse at a College Campus: Does Negative Peer Support Increase the Likelihood of Multiple Victimizations?” British Journal of Criminology, 59(2): 276-295.

DeKeseredy, Walter S., Amanda Hall-Sanchez, James Nolan, and Martin D. Schwartz. 2017.  “A Campus LGBTQ Community’s Sexual Violence and Stalking Experiences: The Contribution of Mixed-Sex Pro-Abuse Peer Support.”  Journal of Gender-Based Violence 1:2, 169-185. Editor’s Choice Award for 2017-2018

DeKeseredy, Walter S. and Martin D. Schwartz,  2016.  Thinking Sociologically About Image Based Sexual Abuse: The Contribution of Male Peer Support Theory.  Sexualization, Media  & Society, 2:1-8

Schwartz, Martin D. 2013. "Rape Investigation Roadblocks: Two Studies." Sexual Assault Report, 16(1): 1-4, 10-12

DeKeseredy, Walter S.  and Martin D. Schwartz, 2013.  “Confronting Progressive Retreatism and Minimalism: The Role of a New Left Realist Approach.” Critical Criminology: An International Journal, 21(3). (special issue on Bedrock Criminology: Theory, Research and Praxis)

2013. Alex Thio, Jim D. Taylor, and Martin D. Schwartz.  Deviant Behavior, 11th edition.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

2013. DeKeseredy, Walter S. and Martin D. Schwartz.  Male Peer Support and Violence Against Women: The History and Verification of a Theory.  Dartmouth, MA: Northeastern University Press.

2009. DeKeseredy, Walter S. and Martin D. Schwartz. Dangerous Exits: Escaping Abusive Relationships in Rural America.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

2010. DeKeseredy, Walter S. and Martin D. Schwartz..  “Friedman Economic Policies, Social Exclusion, and Crime: Toward A Gendered Left Realist Subcultural Theory.”  Crime, Law and Social Change, 54(2):159-170.

2009. DeKeseredy,  Walter S., Joseph F. Donnermeyer and Martin D. Schwartz, 2009. “Toward a Gendered Second Generation CPTED for Preventing Woman Abuse in Rural Communities.”  Security Journal 29:178-189.

2008. Schwartz, Martin D. and Walter S. DeKeseredy.  2008. “Interpersonal Violence Against Women: The Role of Men.” Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 24(2): 178-185.

2008. DeKeseredy, Walter S. and Martin D. Schwartz.  2008.  “Marital Rape at the End of Rural Relationships:  Survivors’ Perceptions of Collective Efficacy.”  Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.  36(1/2): 105-119.

2008. DeKeseredy, Walter S., Martin D. Schwartz and Shahid Alvi. 2008. “Which Women are More Likely to be Abused? Public Housing, Cohabitation and Separated/Divorced Women?" Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society 21(4): 283-293.

2007. DeKeseredy, Walter S., Joseph F. Donnermeyer, Martin D. Schwartz, Kenneth D. Tunnell, and Mandy Hall.  2007. “Thinking Critically About Rural Gender Relations:  Toward a Rural Masculinity Crisis/Male Peer Support Model of Separation/Divorce Sexual Assault.” Critical Criminology 15(7): 295-311.

2006. DeKeseredy, Walter S., Martin D. Schwartz, Danielle Fagen and Mandy Hall.  2006. “Rural Separation/Divorce Sexual Assault:  The Contribution of Male Peer Support." Feminist Criminology 1(3):228-250.

2006. DeKeseredy. Walter S., Shahid Alvi and Martin D. Schwartz. 2006. “An Economic Exclusion/Male Peer Support Model Looks at ‘Wedfare’ and Woman Abuse,” Critical Criminology 14(1):23-41.

2004. Schwartz, Martin D.  2004.  “The Past and the Future of Violence Against Women.”  Journal of Interpersonal Violence 20(1): 1-5.

2004. DeKeseredy, Walter S., McKenzie Rogness and Martin D. Schwartz, 2004.  “Separation/Divorce Sexual Assault: The Current State of Social Scientific Knowledge.” Aggression and Violent Behavior, 9(6): 675-691.

2004. Schwartz, Martin D. and Dana Nurge. 2004.  “Capitalist Punishment: Ethics and Private Prisons.” Critical Criminology, 12(2): 133-156.

Awards and Recognitions

Outstanding Mentor Award: This is a lifetime achievement award by the main international association for the academic field of Criminal Justice. Professor Schwartz was nominated by a large coalition of former students and colleagues.

Teacher of the Year Award (2018) of the ASC Division on Critical Criminology and Social Justice: American Society of Criminology

Best Professor Award (2019): GWU Athletics Department (nominated)

Classes Taught

Undergraduate Courses:
SOC 1003 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
SOC 2136 - Criminology
SOC 2181/2189 – Sexual Assault
SOC 2184 – Violence in the Family

Graduate Courses:
SOC 6252 – Violence Against Women
SOC 6258 – Deviance and Control
SOC 6259 - Criminology
WSGG 6270 – Violence Against Women