Ruth Moyer

Ph.D. in Criminology

 Ruth Moyer is a doctoral candidate in criminology at the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D. expected, Spring 2020).  She uses quantitative methods to empirically assess policy-relevant criminal justice issues. Her research interests include place and crime, place and criminal justice system functioning, data analysis, the urban environment, and community-police relations. 


As a doctoral candidate, Ruth’s research has included an empirical assessment of the effect of methadone maintenance treatment facilities on crime, published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology.  In another research paper published in the American Journal of Public Health, she assessed the effect of remediating blighted vacant land on shooting incidents in Philadelphia. 


Before her doctoral studies,  Ruth had been a practicing criminal defense attorney for six years. During that time, she wrote and published several law review articles.