George E. Capowich's picture

Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Loyola University New Orleans

6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 30
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
(504) 865-3126

Expertise & Civic Involvements

Capowich’s research focuses on deviance in general and specifically on crime and violence causation with studies that test the validity of sociological theories (systemic social disorganization theory and general strain theory) and the design, implementation, and evaluation of neighborhood crime prevention strategies. He has been actively involved with organizations like the New Orleans Crime Coalition, New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, New Orleans Business Council, French Quarter Management District, New Orleans City Council Criminal Justice Committee, New Orleans Mayor’s Office, New Orleans Police Department, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

SSN Spotlights

Key Publications

  • "The Attractions of Deviance: Testing General Strain Theory’s Applicability to Alcohol Abuse" Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (under review).
    Examines the role of personal and social attractions connected to alcohol abuse (binge drinking) among college youth using a nationally representative sample.
  • "A Descriptive Analysis of Court-Case Attrition for Weapons Charges in New Orleans," Greater New Orleans Community Support Fund, 2013.
    Tracks case attrition and outcomes of weapons charges as they are processed by the criminal justice system.
  • "General Strain Theory, Negative Emotions, and Body Dissatisfaction" (with Nicole Piquero, Kristan Fox, Alex Piquero, and Paul Mazerolle). Journal of Youth and Adolescence 21, no. 1 (2010): 1-33.
    Tests the validity of general strain theory as an explanation for body dissatisfaction among college-aged women and men. One of the surprising findings was the specifications under which young men express dissatisfaction with their body images.
  • "Rebuilding New Orleans Neighborhoods after Hurricane Katrina: Toward a Theory of Social Structure and Cultural Creativity" (with Marcus M. Kondkar), in The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe, Vol. 2, edited by David L. Brunsma, David Overfelt, and Steve Picou (Routledge, 2010), 207-223.
    Focuses on the development of a theoretical exploration to explain how neighborhood networks and social relations influence the creative process of artists.

Media Contributions

Capowich has given numerous interviews on radio talk shows and with print media over the last two years, often on matters of community policing and violence reduction.

Talks and Briefings

  • "Updating the Problem-Oriented Policing Project: Initial Results Reducing Violence in the French Quarter," French Quarter Management Group (Security Task Force), New Orleans, LA, March 20, 2013.
  • "Designing More Effective Public-Police Cooperation to Reduce Violence," French Quarter Security Task Force, New Orleans, LA, February 20, 2013.
  • "Training and Implementation of Community-Oriented Policing/Problem-Oriented Policing: Project Status Report," New Orleans Business Council, New Orleans, LA, January 23, 2013.
  • "A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of Problem-Oriented Policing as a Neighborhood Violence Reduction Strategy," American Society of Criminology, New York, NY, November 2012.