Charles Loeffler

Jerry Lee Assistant Professor of Criminology

Professor Loeffler studies the effects of criminal justice processes on life-course outcomes.


Ph.D., Sociology, Harvard University, 2011

M.Phil., Criminology, Cambridge University, 2002

A.B., Social Studies, Harvard College, 2001

Research Interests: 

Professor Loeffler’s research examines the effects of criminal justice processes on life-course outcomes. He is currently studying the effects of criminal record expungement on employment outcomes and the effects of processing juveniles as adults on life-course outcomes. His research also examines a number of other measurement problems in criminology. These include the development of new methods for measuring crime displacement resulting from place-based interventions and new methods for measuring firearm use within community-supervised correctional populations.

Selected Publications: 

“Estimating the Crime Effects of Raising the Age of Majority: Evidence from Connecticut,” with Aaron Chalfin, Criminology & Public Policy Forthcoming (2016) 

“Indefinite punishment and the criminal-record: Stigma reports among expungement-seekers in Illinois," with Simone Ispa-Landa, Criminology (2016)

“Decriminalizing Delinquency: An Estimate of the Effects of Raising the Age of Majority for a Juvenile Court,” with Ben Grunwald, Journal of Legal Studies 44(2): 361-388 (2015)

“An Experimental Evaluation of Notification Strategies to Increase Property Tax Compliance: Free-Riding in the City of Brotherly Love,” with Michael Chirico, Robert Inman,  John MacDonald, and Holger Sieg, NBER Tax Policy and the Economy 30: (2015)

“Processed as an Adult: A Regression Discontinuity Estimate of the Crime Effects of Charging Non-Transfer Juveniles as Adults,” with Ben Grunwald, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  52(6): 890-922 (2015)

“Immigration Enforcement, Policing and Crime: Evidence from the Secure Communities Program” Criminology and Public Policy 13(2):  285-322 (2014) (w/ Aaron Chalfin and Elina Treyger).

“Detecting Gunshots Using Wearable Accelerometers” PLoS ONE 9(9): (2014).

"Does Imprisonment Alter the Life Course?  Evidence on Crime and Employment from a Natural Experiment".  Criminology, 1745-9125, 2013.

"Punishment's Place: The Local Concentration of Mass Incarceration," with R. Sampson, Daedalus, Summer 2010.