Melanie Taylor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University, 2013
  • M.A., Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2008
  • B.S., Criminology, California State University, Fresno, 2006


Melanie Taylor is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. She received a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a doctorate in criminology and criminal justice from Arizona State University. She previously was employed as a deputy juvenile correctional officer with the Orange County Probation Department and interned at the United States Secret Service.

Her current research interests are the resentencing of juveniles sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, long-term outcomes of delinquents, abuses in correctional facilities, juvenile detention, and juvenile delinquency. She has published in the Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Review, and the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 


  • CRJ 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 301 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 381 - Diversity and Multiculturalism in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 430 - Juvenile Justice
  • SRJS 725- Research Methods in the Social Sciences


Taylor, Melanie. (2018). A Comprehensive Study of Mass Murder Precipitants and Motivations of Offenders. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62(2), 427-449.

Kaplan, Tatyana, DeBraga, Frank, Taylor, Melanie, Miller, Monica, and Philip Mulvey. (2017). Individual Differences Relate to Juvenile Offender Stereotypes. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 13(2), 125-141.

Taylor, Melanie and Tara Spang. (2017). "I'd Prefer an Applicant Who Doesn't Have a Delinquency History": Delinquents in the Labor Market. Journal of Juvenile Justice, 6(1), 67-81.

Taylor, Melanie. (2015). Juvenile Transfers to Adult Court: An Examination of the Long-Term Outcomes of Transferred and Non-Transferred Juveniles. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 66(4), 29-47.

Taylor, Melanie, Decker, Scott, and Charles Katz. (2015). Statewide Responses to a Proposed Realignment of Juvenile Corrections in Arizona. Criminal Justice Review, 40(4), 488-504.