Erik Cruz

Erik Cruz

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Criminology | Terrorism & Homeland Security | Immigration & Crime | Crime Mapping


Ph.D., Florida International University, International Crime and Justice, 2020
M.S., Florida International University, Criminal Justice, 2015
B.A., Florida International University, Sociology, 2014


Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PCA-257
Phone: 305.348.5890


Dr. Erik Cruz is a post-doctoral research associate in the FIU Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He received his B.A. in Sociology and M.S. in Criminal Justice from Florida International University before completing his Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice at FIU. Currently, Dr. Cruz's post-doctoral research focuses on identifying what factors motivate Western European countries to shift away from a desire for democracy. Dr. Cruz is also working in a collaborative effort to evaluate how proximity to stolen firearms impacts the ease of access to stolen firearms among middle and high school students.

Featured Publications

Cruz, E., D’Alessio, S. J., & Stolzenberg, L. (2020). The Effect of Maximum Daily Temperature on Outdoor Violence. Crime & Delinquency.

Cruz, E., D'Alessio, S. J., & Stolzenberg, L. (2020). The Labor Market and Terrorism. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 43(3), 224-238.

Cruz, E., D’Alessio, S. J., & Stolzenberg, L. (2019). Decisions made in terror: Testing the relationship between terrorism and immigration. Migration Studies.