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Michael G Cherbonneau

Assistant Professor

Criminology and Criminal Justice | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Decision-Making; Deterrence, Sanctions and Behavior; Criminological Theory; Interpersonal Violence; Crime Prevention; Qualitative Research Methods


  • Ph.D., Criminology, University of Texas at Dallas.
  • M.S., Criminal Justice, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • B.A., Criminal Justice, University of Alabama.
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Alabama.


Michael Cherbonneau joined the CCJ department in the Fall of 2014 after completing his Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Texas at Dallas. He also holds a master's in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a B.A. in Criminal Justice and also Psychology from the University of Alabama.


Michael's research interests lie in the theoretical and empirical understanding of crime and offenders, criminal decision-making, interpersonal violence, and crime prevention. His most immediate research examines the situated practice of street crime and violence with emphasis on the ways in which offenders ply their trade and make decisions in real-life settings and circumstances. Michael has interviewed individuals involved in auto theft, carjacking, and predatory and dispute-based violence through active offender research and targeted sampling within institutionalized offender populations. His published work has appeared in continental and international criminological journals including, among others, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, and British Journal of Criminology.


Prior to joining the faculty at UNF, Michael taught criminology and criminal justice courses on a variety of topics such as theories of crime, introductory statistics, advanced criminal justice, social control and criminal sanctions, and media and crime.

Publications & Presentations


Refereed Journal Articles

Cherbonneau, Michael, and Bruce A. Jacobs. (2019). “Imminent Capture and Noncompliance: Probing Deterrence in Extreme Environments.” Justice Quarterly, 36(6):1122-1143.  DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2018.1476577


Jacobs, Bruce A., and Michael Cherbonneau. (2019). “Reconciling Emotion and Rational Choice: Negativistic Auto Theft, Consequence Irrelevance, and the Seduction of Destruction.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.  DOI: 10.1177/0022427819828793

Jacobs, Bruce A., and Michael Cherbonneau. (2019). “Carjacking and Natural Surveillance.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 61:40-47.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2019.01.002

Jacobs, Bruce A., and Michael Cherbonneau. (2018). Perceived Sanction Threats and Projective Risk Sensitivity: Auto Theft, Carjacking, and the Channeling Effect. Justice Quarterly, 35(2):191-222. doi: 10.1080/07418825.2017.130153

Hochstetler, Andy, Heith Copes, and Michael Cherbonneau. (2017). It's A War Out There: Contextualized Narratives of Violent Acts. Journal of Criminal Justice, 53:74-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2017.06.005

Jacobs, Bruce A., and Michael Cherbonneau. (2017). Nerve Management and Crime Accomplishment. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 54(5):617-638. doi: 10.1177/0022427817693037

Jacobs, Bruce A., and Michael Cherbonneau. (2016). Managing Victim Confrontation: Auto Theft and Informal Sanction Threats. Justice Quarterly, 33(1):21-44. doi. 10.1080/07418825.2014.891638

Cherbonneau, Michael and Bruce A. Jacobs. (2015). Retaliatory Auto Theft. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 31(4):468-491. doi: 10.1177/1043986215608533

Jacobs, Bruce A., and Michael Cherbonneau. (2014). Auto Theft and Restrictive Deterrence. Justice Quarterly, 31(2):344-367. doi: 10.1080/07418825.2012.660977

Copes, Heith, Any Hochstetler, and Michael Cherbonneau. (2012). Getting the Upper Hand: Scripts for Managing Victim Resistance in Carjackings. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 49(2):249-268. doi: 10.1177/0022427810397949

Mullins, Christopher and Michael Cherbonneau. (2011). Establishing Connections: Gender, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Disposal Networks. Justice Quarterly, 28(2):278-302. doi: 10.1080/07418825.2010.499877

Copes, Heith and Michael Cherbonneau. (2006). The Key to Auto Theft: Emerging Methods of Auto Theft from the Offenders’ Perspective. British Journal of Criminology, 46(5):917-934. doi: 10.1093/bjc/azl001

Cherbonneau, Michael and Heith Copes. (2006). 'Drive It Like You Stole It': Auto Theft and the Illusion of Normalcy. British Journal of Criminology, 46(2):193-211. doi: 10.1093/bjc/azi059

Book Chapters

Copes, Heith and Michael Cherbonneau. (2014). The Risks and Rewards of Motor Vehicle Theft: Implications for Criminal Persistence. In Benoit Leclerc and Richard Wortley (eds.), Cognition and Crime: Offender Decision Making and Script Analyses, (pp. 48-69). New York: Routledge.

Cherbonneau, Michael and Heith Copes. (2013). Avoiding Arrest: The Case of Driving Stolen Vehicles. In Dean A. Dabney (ed.), Crime Types: A Text-Reader (2nd edition), (pp. 249-262). Waltham, MA: Aspen Publishers.

Cherbonneau, Michael and Richard Wright. (2009). Auto Theft. In Michael Tonry (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Crime and Public Policy, (pp. 191-222). New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199844654.013.0009

Contact Information

Building 51, Room 2311

(904) 620-1723

Office Hours

Fall: Mon. & Wed., 3:00-5:30pm