Dr Suzanna Fay-Ramirez

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52208


Suzanna received her PhD in Sociology at the University of Washington where she concentrated comparative perspectives of crime, immigration, and neighborhood action as well as methodology via association with the Centre for Statistics and the Social Sciences. Her recent work centers around three themes that are related to multiple aspects of crime and the justice system. The first theme examines the comparative context of crime and considers how different people perceive crime and criminals particularly in the neighborhood context. The second considers how perceptions of gun regulation by police, dealers, and the community influence debate and enforcement of Australia’s gun laws and consider these consequences across time and space. The third, considers the perceptions of child maltreatment and abuse and it’s consequences for reporting, monitoring, and court outcomes for children and families. Underscoring all three themes are sociological questions of race and ethnic stratification, and how perceptions of crime influence individual actions.

Research Interests

  • Comparative Criminology
    Comparative analysis of the links between immigration and neighborhood crime and collective crime prevention.
  • Juvenile/Youth justice and child abuse and neglect
    Analysis of how court processes help to explain the racial and ethnic disparities in youth justice and child welfare.
  • Australian Gun Control
    Understanding the dynamics of the Australian gun debate.
  • Statistics and methods for the social sciences


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington
  • Master of Arts, University of Washington
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology, University of Washington


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Fernandes, April, Ramirez, Suzanna and Crutchfield, Robert D. (2014). Race and ethnicity in social disorganization theory. In Gerben Bruinsma and David Weisburd (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (pp. 4237-4245) New York, NY, USA: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2

  • Crutchfield, Robert and Ramirez, Suzanna (2012). Using census data and surveys to study labor markets and crime. In David Gadd, Susanne Karstedt and Steven F. Messner (Ed.), The SAGE handbook of criminological research methods (pp. 143-158) London, United Kingdom: Sage Publications.

  • Ramirez, Suzanna and Harris, Alexes (2010). Success and failure in education and criminal justice: Identifying common mechanisms. In Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker and Barry McGaw (Ed.), International encyclopedia of education 3rd ed. (pp. 874-880) Oxford, U.K.: Elsevier; Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-044894-7.00150-0

Journal Article

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor