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Thomas Dearden

Thomas Dearden, Assistant Professor

Thomas Dearden
Thomas Dearden, Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology
510 McBryde Hall
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061 | Cybercriminology Lab

Dr. Thomas Dearden is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Tech. He graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Brigham Young University – Hawaii and an M.A. and Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from Indiana University.

Dr. Dearden specializes in research technology and crime and corporate crime. He has conducted research and statistical analysis for organizations across the globe, including the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii, Food for Life Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh, India, and Pay Tel in North Carolina. 

His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including The American Journal of Criminal Justice, Deviant Behavior, Victims & Offenders, and the Journal of Financial Crime.

  • Cybercrime
  • White-Collar Crime
  • Technology and Crime
  • Jails and Technology
  • Trust and Crime
  • Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Indiana University
  • M.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Indiana University
  • B.A., Psychology, Brigham Young University – Hawaii

Journal Articles

2022   Dearden, T. E., & Scaptura, M. (In Press). Can institutional anomie theory predict victimization? An Experimental survey examining institutional anomie and affinity fraud. Journal of Financial Crime.

2022   Parti, K., Dearden, T.E., & Hawdon, J. (2022) Understanding the overlap of online offending and victimization: Using cluster analysis to examine group differences. Victims & Offenders17(5), 712-734.

2022   Jasperson, J., Dearden, T. E., & Miller, R. M. (2022) Perceptions of White-Collar Crime Registries. Journal of Financial Crime, 29(2), 639-652.

2021   Dearden, T. E. & Parti, K. (2021) Cybercrime, Differential Association, and Self-Control: Knowledge Transmission through Online Social Learning. American Journal of Criminal Justice

2021   Dearden, T. E. (2021) Routine Activities and Self-Protection on the Internet: An analysis of Equifax. Victims & Offenders, 16(8), 1149-1160

2021   Dearden, T. E., Parti, K., & Hawdon, J. (2021). Institutional anomie theory and cybercrime – Crime and the American Dream, now available online. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice

2020    Hawdon, J., Parti, K., & Dearden, T. E. (2020). Cybercrime in America amid COVID-19: The initial results from a natural experiment. American Journal of Criminal   Justice.

2020    Dearden, T. E. & Gottschalk, P. (2020) Gender and white-collar crime: Convenience in Target Selection. Deviant Behavior 42(11) 1485-1493. 

2019   Dearden, T. E. How modern psychology can help us understand white -collar criminals. Journal of Financial Crime 26(1), 61-73.

2018   Dearden, T. E. The conjunction fallacy in profiles of victims of homicides. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling 15(2), 187-199.

2017   Dearden, T. E. An assessment of adults’ views on white-collar crime. Journal of Financial Crime 24(2), 309-321.

2016   Dearden, T. E. Trust: the unwritten cost of white-collar crime. Journal of Financial Crime 23(2), 87–101

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