Dr. Michael Cherbonneau

Assistant Professor



Phone: (904) 620-1723 

E-mail: m.cherbonneau@unf.edu

Office: Building 51, Room 2311





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, 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.




Refereed Journal Articles 


Jacobs, Bruce and Michael Cherbonneau. (forthcoming). Managing Victim Confrontation: Auto Theft and Informal Sanction Threats. Justice Quarterly. DOI:10.1080/07418825.2014.891638


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


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.


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


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.


Book Chapters


Cherbonneau, Michael and Heith Copes. (2012). Avoiding Arrest: The Case of Driving Stolen Vehicles. In Dean A. Dabney (Ed.), Crime Types: A Text-Reader (2nd ed.), (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.